What's New in the Library - Fall 2014

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iE16: Social Connectedness and Suicide Prevention
This column examines the power of social connectedness and its vital role as a protective factor in suicide prevention.

Military Suicide Prevention: Resource Toolkit
A collection of facts, statistics and resources pertaining to suicide in a military setting.



Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It

Jennifer Michael Hecht.Yale University Press.(2013). 264 p.

Worldwide, more people die by suicide than by murder, and many more are left behind to grieve. Despite distressing statistics that show suicide rates rising, the subject, long a taboo, is infrequently talked about. In this sweeping intellectual and cultural history, poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht channels her grief for two friends lost to suicide into a search for history’s most persuasive arguments against the irretrievable act, arguments she hopes to bring back into public consciousness.

From the Stoics and the Bible to Dante, Shakespeare, Wittgenstein, and such twentieth-century writers as John Berryman, Hecht recasts the narrative of our “secular age” in new terms. She shows how religious prohibitions against self-killing were replaced by the Enlightenment’s insistence on the rights of the individual, even when those rights had troubling applications. This transition, she movingly argues, resulted in a profound cultural and moral loss: the loss of shared, secular, logical arguments against suicide. By examining how people in other times have found powerful reasons to stay alive when suicide seems a tempting choice, she makes a persuasive intellectual and moral case against suicide”(publisher’s notes).

Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury

Edited by Matthew K. Nock
Oxford University Press.(2014). 516 p.

 “Suicide is a perplexing human behavior that remains among the leading causes of death worldwide, responsible for more deaths each year than all wars, genocide, and homicide combined. Although suicide and other forms of self-injury have baffled scholars and clinicians for thousands of years, the past few decades have brought significant leaps in our understanding of these behaviors. This volume provides a comprehensive summary of the most important and exciting advances in our understanding of suicide and self-injury and our ability to predict and prevent it “(publisher’s notes).



When Your Hands Are Tied

Boccella Productions.(2006).56 min.

 A depiction of Native youth finding “exciting and positive ways to direct their lives”. Includes, Navajo punk rock musicians, Apache skate boarders and the Governor of Nambe Pueblo who started a break-dancing team for youth.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls = Rimes pour Revenant

eOne Films Canada.(2013). 88 min.

  Red Crow Mi'gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna?s. That means being at the mercy of ?Popper?, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.? At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her ?truancy tax?, keeping her out her out of St.Ds. But when Aila's drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila??'?s world is destroyed. ? ?Her only options are to run or fight ? and Mi?'??gMaq don?'??t run (product description).

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