There are many self-help books for suicidal people and memoirs by people who survived suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt. Below are just a few. I’ve read all but a few of them, but I can’t vouch that they will be helpful to everyone.

Blauner, S. R. (2002). How I stayed alive when my brain was trying to kill me. Harper Collins.

Bornstein, K. (2011). Hello cruel world: 101 alternatives to suicide for teens, freaks, and other outlaws. Seven Stories Press.

Breel, K. (2015). Boy meets depression: Life sucks and then you live. Harmony Books.

Ellis, T. E., & Newman, C. F. (1996). Choosing to live: How to defeat suicide through cognitive therapy. New Harbinger.

Gordon, K. H. (2021). The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook: CBT Skills to Reduce Emotional Pain, Increase Hope, and Prevent Suicide. New Harbinger.

Haig, M. (2015). Reasons to stay alive. Penguin Books.

Hines, K. (2013). Cracked, not broken: Surviving and thriving after a suicide attempt. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Jamison, K. R. (1997). An unquiet mind: A memoir of moods and madness. Vintage Books.

Lezine, D., & Brent, D. (2008). Eight stories up: An adolescent chooses hope over suicide. Oxford University Press.

Miller, C. (2012). This is how it feels: A memoir: Attempting suicide and finding life. CreateSpace Independent Publishing.

McDaniels, D. (2016). Ten ways not to commit suicide: A memoir. HarperCollins.

Quinnett, P. G. (2012). Suicide: The forever decision. Available for free download at

Styron, W. (1992). Darkness visible: A memoir of madness. Random House

Wise, T. L. (2012). Waking up: Climbing through the darkness. The Missing Peace, LLC.

Updated: August 22, 2021