Understanding Suicide

  • November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide by George Howe Colt, 2006.
  • Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas Joiner, 2005.
  • Subtle Suicide by Michael A. Church, Charles I. Brooks, 2009.
  • Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing your Heart by Alan Wolfelt, 2009.
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison, 1999.
  • Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue by John M. Violanti Ph.d.
  • Working with Suicidal Individuals: A Guide to Providing Understanding, Assessment and Support by Tony White, 2011.
  • Waking Up: Climbing Through the Darkness by Terry Wise, 2003.
  • Suicide Across the Life Span by J. M. Stillion & E.E. McDowell, 1996.

After a Suicide Death

  • No Time to say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One by Carla Fine, 1997.
  • Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust, 2002.
  • Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss by Micheal F. Myers and Carla Fine, 2006.
  • Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families through Suicide Grief by Michelle Linn-Gust, 2010.
  • Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength by Judy Collins, 2003.
  • In Her Wake: A child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide by Nancy Rappaport, 2009.
  • How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Terese A. Rando Ph.d.
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition) by John W. James and Russell Friedman.
Community Resources
Addiction Services of Thames Valley
200 Queens Ave, Suite 260 (at Clarence St)
Assessment, treatment planning, and referral for alcohol, drugs,
internet, gaming, and problem gambling issues.

Connex Ontario
Crisis Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
Daily 24 hour telephone service providing confidential information
about addiction, mental health and problem gambling resources
in Ontario, including how to access them.

CMHA Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre
648 Huron St- Walk in (near Adelaide St)
Daily 24 hours. Supports for people 16 years and older
experiencing personal distress and symptoms of a mental health
or addiction condition needing assessment and stabilization.
De-escalation to prevent relapse. Supports mental health and
addictions needs to prevent hospitalization. Emotional trauma
assessment, crisis intervention, and links to longer-term services
Reach Out Crisis Line (CMHA)
1-866-933-2023 or 519-433-2023
Daily 24 hours. Mental health and addictions crisis and support
Daya Counselling
One-on-one, couples, and family counselling for people 16 years
and older. Set fee. Sliding scale available for people who qualify.
Family Service Thames Valley
125 Woodward Ave (between Oxford St W and Riverside Dr)
One-on-one, couples, and family counselling. Fees are based on
ability to pay
Youth Mental Health Service 
Centralized crisis and intake services for Craigwood Youth
Services, Vanier Children’s Services, and WAYS Mental Health
Support. Service available for people 18 years and under.
Survivors of Suicide Loss (CMHA)
An 8-week group offered 2 to 3 times per year, during the spring, summer, and fall * topics covered include guilt, shame, anger, stigma, depression, denial and helplessness * dates and times determined at time of program
Bereaved Families of Ontario-Southwest Region
Peer support for those that have lost a loved one. Support groups available.