Non-Fiction

Leder, Jane Mersky
Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide
JUV 362.28.L498d YA
Teenagers who struggle with stress, grades, bullying, anxiety and depression, and sexual and gender identity may find themselves in crisis and end their lives. Learn how to break the cycle of teen suicide by recognizing the warning signs, encouraging conversation, and setting up a network of peers and trusted adults who can listen and, if necessary, connect to medical health professionals. Suicide is preventable. 2018.

Runyon, Brent
The Burn Journals
JUV 362.28.R8767b  
YA Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire, and an intense retelling of that
suicide attempt followed by a year of physical and psychological recovery conveys with a terrible
clarity what it means to want to commit suicide. 2004

Irwin, Cait
Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won, and How You Can, Too
JUV 616.8527.I722c
One teenager tells her inspiring story. 1998

Zucker, Faye
Depression
JUV 616.8527.Z8343d YA
The many forms of depression -- The signs and symptoms of depression -- Treatment for depression
Suicide: the most serious outcome of depression. 2003.

 

Silverstein, Alvin
Depression
JUV 616.8527.S587d
Discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatments of depression, examining the different types of
depression and their effects on the individual and on society. 1997.

 

Hyde, Margaret O.
Stress 101
JUV 616.98.H992sYA
Discusses stress, what it does to your body, how to manage it, and how it affects your life. 2008

 

Fields, Terri
After the Death of Anna Gonzales
JUV 811.54.F4607a
Poems written in the voices of forty-seven people, including students, teachers, and other school staff,
record the aftermath of a high school student's suicide and the preoccupations of teen life. 2002.
 

Kaufman, Caroline
Light Filters In: Poems
JUV 811.6.K1627l YA
Kaufman's poetry started out as a diary for herself: completely honest, nothing censored out. Her poems talk about mental illness, self-harm, suicide, recovery, sexual assault, abusive relationships, violence, and other issues. In sharing her own pain and experiences, she asks that readers reach out, realizing that asking for help is not a weakness-- it's part of being human. -- adapted from author's note. 2018.

Fiction

Asher, Jay
Thirteen R3asons Why
JUV A8293.tYA
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded
by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing
their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.  2007.

Beam, Matt
Last December
JUV B367.l YA
Written in the form of a suicide note from a teenaged boy to his unborn sister, tells the story of how a ninth-grader comes to accept his less than ideal life after witnessing the struggles of a friend with serious depression. 2009.

Benwell, Fox
The Last Leaves Falling
JUV B44773.l YA
In Japan, teenaged Abe Sora, who is afflicted with "Lou Gehrig's Disease," finds friends online and elicits their help to end his suffering. 2015.

 

Cohn, Rachel
You Know Where to Find Me
JUV C665.yYA
Antisocial and overweight, Miles has always dreamed of being like her perfect and popular cousin Laura,
but when Laura commits suicide, Miles turns to her family for much-needed support to get through her
overwhelming feelings of devastation, confusion, and loss. 2008.

Connelly, Neil
Into the Hurricane
JUV C76254.i YA
Teenager Maxine is determined to scatter her father's ashes at the lighthouse on Shackles Island, off the coast of Louisiana because that is where she has good memories of him; Eli, haunted by the ghost of his older sister, is determined to end his own life where she died, on the rocks under the lighthouse--but neither Max or Eli count on running into each other, or on Hurricane Celeste which is roaring toward the island. 2017.

Emmich, Val
Dear Evan Hansen
JUV E5468.d YA
Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. 2018.

Hand, Cynthia
The Last Time We Say Goodbye
JUV H1917.l YA
After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real. 2015.

Hubbard, Jenny
And We Stay
JUV H8586.a YA
Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and d begins to heal. 2014.

Niven, Jennifer
All the Bright Places
JUV N6478.a YA
"Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the 'natural wonders' of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another"-- Provided by publisher. 2015.

Norton, Preston
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
JUV N8184.n YA
Nearly a year after his brother's suicide, sixteen-year-old Cliff "Neanderthal" Hubbard gets recruited to make life better at Happy Valley High by the school's quarterback, who claims he had a vision from God. 2018.

Pan, Emily X. R.
The Astonishing Color of After
JUV P1915.a YA
After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird. 2018.

Peters, Julie Anne
By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead
JUV P42923.byYA
High school student Daelyn Rice, who's been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once
attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy
to draw her out. 2010.

Quick, Matthew
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
JUV Q35.f YA
A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him. 2013.

Rollins, Danielle
Breaking
JUV R644.b YA
Charlotte, an outsider at prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute, must decide if she is willing to risk her own safety and sanity to discover the truth about her two best friends' suicides. 2017.

Thompson, Holly
Orchards
JUV T3738.o YA
Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home. 2011.

Warga, Jasmine
My Heart and Other Black Holes
JUV W2233.m YA
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There's only one problem: she's not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel's convinced she's found her solution -- Roman, a teenage boy who's haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other's broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. 2015.