General or Combined Techniques

Bongar, B., & Sullivan, G. (2013). The suicidal patient: Clinical and legal standards of care. American Psychological Association.

Chiles, J. A., & Strosahl, K. D. Clinical manual for assessment and treatment of suicidal patients. American Psychiatric Publishing.

Courtet, P. (Ed.) (2016). Understanding suicide: From diagnosis to personalized treatment.  Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Freedenthal, S. (2018). Helping the suicidal person: Tips and techniques for professionals. Routledge.

My book Helping the Suicidal Person contains techniques from CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal theory, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, problem-solving therapy, solution-focused therapy, and more. For more information about Helping the Suicidal Person, see About the Book on this website.

Granello, P. F., & Juhnke, G. A. (2010). Case studies in suicide: Experiences of mental health professionals. Pearson.

McGlothlin, J. M. (2008). Developing clinical skills in suicide assessment, prevention, and treatment. American Counseling Association.

Michel, K., & Jobes, D. A. (Eds.). (2011). Building a therapeutic alliance with the suicidal patient. American Psychological Association.

Palmer, S. (2014). Suicide: Strategies and interventions for reduction and prevention.  Routledge.

Quinnett, P. G. (2000). Counseling suicidal people: A therapy of hope. The QPR Institute.

Simon, R. I. (2011). Preventing patient suicide: Clinical assessment and management. American Psychiatric Publishing.

Simon, R. I., & Hales, R. E. Hales (Eds.). (2012). The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of suicide assessment and management (2nd ed.). American Psychiatric Publishing.

Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2021).  Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Strengths-Based Approach. Routledge.

CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality)

Jobes, D. A. (2016). Managing suicidal risk: A collaborative approach (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

CBT for Professionals

Bryan, C. J. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy for preventing suicide attempts: A guide to brief treatments across clinical settings. Routledge.

Rudd, M. D., Joiner, T. E., & Rajab, M. H. (2001). Treating suicidal behavior: An effective, time-limited approach. Guilford Press.

Tarrier, N., Gooding, P., Pratt, D., Kelly, J., Maxwell, J., & Awenat, Y. (2013). Cognitive behavioural prevention of suicide in psychosis: A treatment manual. Routledge.

Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2009). Cognitive therapy for suicidal patients: Scientific and clinical applications. American Psychological Association.

CBT for the Suicidal Person (Self-Help)

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

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

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

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Although most of these DBT books aren’t specific to treating suicidality, DBT itself was designed for people with chronic suicidal ideation.

Koerner, K. (2012). Doing dialectical behavior therapy: A practical guide. Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT skills training handouts and worksheets (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

Linehan, M. M. (2015). DBT skills training manual (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., & Linehan, M. M. (2017). Dialectical behavior therapy with suicidal adolescents. Guilford Press.

Interpersonal Theory

Joiner, T. E., Jr., Van Orden, K. A., Witte, T. K., & Rudd, M. D. (2009). The interpersonal theory of suicide: Guidance for working with suicidal clients. American Psychological Association.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Williams, J. M. G., Fennell, M., Barnhofer, T., Silverton, S., & Crane, R. (2015). Mindfulness and the transformation of despair: Working with people at risk of suicide. Guilford Press.

Narrative Approach

Michel, K., & Gysin-Maillart, A. (Eds.). (2015). ASSIP: Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program: A manual for clinicians. Hogrefe Publishing.

Solution-Focused Therapy

Fiske, H. (2008). Hope in action: Solution-focused conversations about suicide. New York: Routledge.

NOTE: I haven’t read all of these books, and a book’s inclusion in these lists is not necessarily a recommendation or endorsement.

Updated: August 22, 2021