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.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
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 YAN051240, YAN051050, YAN051000
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

Author: Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of public administration degree in health care. She has written numerous books for YA readers and nearly two hundred magazine articles. Her recent books include Kiyo Sato: From a WWII Japanese Internment Camp to a Life of Service (2020), a Junior Library Guild selection; Running on Empty: Sleeplessness in American Teens (2021); Understanding Coronaviruses: SARS, MERS, and the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021); and Bombs Over Bikini: The World's First Nuclear Disaster (2014), a Junior Library Guild selection, a Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, an Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner. She lives in Sacramento, California. Visit her website at http://www.conniegoldsmith.com/.



“[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