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Helpful Books for Suicide Prevention for Men

Updated: Jul 19

There is no doubt in the fact that the suicide rates are quite higher among men. There has been a steady increase in the men who end their lives prematurely by committing suicide due to an underlying cause. However, a man must never forget that no matter what problem he is going through, life is a beautiful gift given to him. Therefore, we present you a few books that can help you in preventing suicide.

Suicide is no longer a shocker, especially in the case of men, as the male suicide rate is quite high. While women too get suicidal thoughts, men are far more likely to commit it. While not all suicide attempts by men result in completion, they are likely to go for a second attempt which can be fatal. Men opt for suicide when they get hopeless feelings as well as feel that they have no one in the world. There are some common risk factors as well, such as:

  1. Being bullied at school, college or work.

  2. Divorce or a break up.

  3. History of physical or sexual abuse.

  4. Imprisonment.

  5. Loss of a loved one.

  6. Mental illness.

  7. Not being able to form or sustain meaningful relationships.

  8. Social isolation or living alone.

  9. Unemployment.

  10. Using drugs and/or alcohol to cope up with emotions, relationships, the pressure of work or other issues.

Along with that, the traditional male gender role does not allow men to be vulnerable as it is known to be a sign of weakness. Most of the time, men bottle up their emotions, no matter what they are going through and try to ‘man up’. However, this does not help with their mental fatigue which many times may even result in a harsh decision such as suicide. With World Suicide Prevention Day around the corner, we have listed down a few books that will assist a man in looking at the better side of life and prevent suicide. Have a look below.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Suicide is not your only option.

Written by Matt Haig, this book illustrates the known cliche, ‘there is a light at the end of the tunnel’. Many men have faced and are facing mental health issues and the author is one of them. This book is all about his journey of how he battled depression, one day at a time, minute by minute, to come out the other side. He talks about how he overcame depression with the love of reading, writing, the support of his parents as well as his partner and eventually started appreciating his life. If you are struggling with depression as well and need some inspiration, then this book is what you need to read.

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of Loved One

Suicide in men can be prevented.

Author Carla Fine has written this book which talks about suicide survivors and brings them from darkness into the light. She is compassionate about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger as well as loneliness that most men go through after surviving a suicide attempt. Along with that, she talks about her own experience and the conversations she has had with many other survivors as well as with mental health professionals who have provided coping tips. If you have survived a suicide attempt then this is the right book for you to read. 

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

Mental health issues can lead a man to suicide.

Written by Kay Redfield Jamison, this book has weaved a historical as well as a scientific exploration on the topic of suicide, while adding personal essays on individual suicides. She brings in her amazing compassion on the subject as well as her literary skills, along with the knowledge and research to bear on the destructive problem of suicide. This book assists in understanding the suicidal mind, to recognise and help those at risk as well as discern the effects on those who are left behind. If you believe that you are having suicidal thoughts, this book can certainly help you out.

Shattered: From Grief to Joy after My Son’s Suicide

The suicide rate in men is higher.

While losing a child to death is incredibly difficult for any parent, losing a child to suicide is even more difficult. Written by Rebecca Tervo, the author states how she picked up the shattered pieces of her life after she found out that her 17 years old teenage son had died by committing suicide. It is a story about how she and her grief stricken family had found joy again in life through counselling as well as soul searching. If you too have lost a loved one through suicide and are grieving in darkness, this might be the right book for you.


It is an everyday story that men are less likely to seek help for mental health problems or emotional issues, feeling that they will be stigmatised in society. In such cases, the suicidal thoughts start occurring in their mind, making them believe that suicide is the only option to get rid of their problems. However, such books can certainly help you from getting out of that darkness and see the silver lining of life. So go ahead and pick up at least one of the above given books and read it. Even one such book can change your life for good. Happy world suicide prevention day!

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