What's New in the Library - Winter 2015

Online Resources

First Responders, Trauma Intervention and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

First Responders—paramedics, firefighters, police, corrections officers—are at extremely high risk for exposure to trauma and to susceptibility to suicidal behaviour. This toolkit presents facts, statistics and resources concerning this relationship.


Critical suicidology: Transforming research and prevention for the 21st century  Edited by Jennifer White, Ian Marsh, Michael Kral and Jonathan Morris. UBC Press. (2016). 288 p.

“Traditional ways of understanding and preventing suicide are not working for everyone. In Critical Suicidology, a team of international scholars, practitioners, and people directly affected by suicide argue that the field of suicidology has become too focused on the biomedical paradigm: a model that pathologizes distress and obscures the social, political, and historical contexts that contribute to human suffering. The authors take a critical look at existing research, introduce the perspectives of those who have direct personal knowledge of suicide and suicidal behaviour, and propose alternative approaches that are creative and culturally sensitive. In the right hands, this book could save lives” (from book jacket).

Boy on Ice: The life and death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch.HarperCollins.(2014). 371 p.

“New York Times reporter Branch’s chronicle of Derek Boogaard’s winning but ultimately tragic life as hockey’s greatest enforcer is as tense and exciting as a hockey game… Branch captures the sorrow and anguish of a young athlete’s career collapsing due to the combination of drugs and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)¯a kind of dementia that causes memory loss and emotional instability (sufferers are referred to as “punch drunks”)¯and asks piercing questions about violence in sports” (from Publisher's Weekly).


Crisis hotline: Veterans press 1 
HBO Documentary Films.(2014). 40 min.

“More military members are lost to suicide than on the battlefield. This documentary is an intimate look at the vital work of several responders who provide life-saving intervention through the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line”(from DVD cover).

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