Understanding Suicide

A National Epidemic

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Suicide is among the top three causes of death for young people ages 15 to 24. In fact, this global epidemic claims 41,000 lives per year in the United States alone. Suicide touches people of all ages—from those who consider and attempt suicide to those who lose a loved to suicide. Yet silence often surrounds these deaths and makes suicide difficult to understand.

Looking beyond common myths and misconceptions, author Connie Goldsmith examines common risk factors and covers warning signs, ways to reach out to a suffering loved one, and precautions that can save lives. And survivors’ personal stories offer honest examinations of both grief and hope.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN051050, YAN051000, YAN051240
Dewey 362.28
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1200
ATOS Reading Level 8.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 182602
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Source notes



“[T]his book could be used as reference during research or for teens seeking information for themselves or others. . . . This book is recommended as an updated resource for adolescent collections.”—VOYA

School Library Journal

“Edifying and thorough, this title will prove useful for students doing research or those interested in learning about this tragic phenomenon.”—School Library Journal


“This examination of a difficult topic . . . is careful to stay blame- and judgment-free, making it a particularly successful resource.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide. . . . An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A retired RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.