Middle Grade and YA Books About Suicide
In a recent blog post, Michele Haiken, a middle school teacher in Rye, New York, shared a personal story about teen suicide, explored often missed warning signs that a teen might be suicidal, and then listed what she considers the best young adult books on the topic. Her blog post is moving and important, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about teen suicide. This topic is particularly timely given recent reports showing that teen suicide rates are climbing, especially among adolescent girls.
The books on her list are quite good. One of them -- It's Kind of a Funny Story -- is a favorite of mine and is a must read for all parents who want to understand teen depression and suicide. However, almost all of the books on her list (including It's Kind of a Funny Story) contain quite mature themes (such as alcohol abuse, sex, and drugs) that some parents of middle schoolers might not be comfortable with.
For parents and middle school students looking for books about suicide that do not contain such mature themes, here are some options:
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