Exploring the whole issue of suicide and attempted suicide, Mark Williams's thought-provoking book is essential reading for anyone - whether parent, friend or health professional - who has been touched by this trauma. He discusses the many factors - biological, psychological, social and economic - that may drive a person to end their life or draw attention to their plight.
In the light of the latest research findings, he reviews the changing patterns of suicidal behaviour, including the close link between attempted suicide and child sexual abuse in women and the rapid increase in suicide in rural areas. And, asking whether suicide is ever justified, he considers the moral issues surrounding euthanasia.
Putting forward the theory that suicide is usually a way of expressing one's otherwise inexpressible pain, Mark Williams looks at practical ways to help those at risk: greater vigilance, more sensitive medical assessment and preventative therapies.
Informative and clearly written, this wide-ranging book will help anyone seeking a deeper understanding of suicide.