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Our Encounters with Suicide

by Alec Grant, Judith Haire, Fran Biley and Brendan Stone PCCS Books
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Pbk 258 pages
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The ‘Our Encounters with…’ series collect together unmediated, unsanitised narratives by service-users, past service-users and carers and survivors. These stories of direct experience will be of great benefit to those interested in narrative enquiry, and to those studying and practising in the field of mental health.

The collection brings together a range of voices on the theme of suicide — those who have been suicidal, alongside the friends, family and staff who have lived and worked with them. Too often the rhetoric of ‘suicidology’ is occupied only by those who have never had personal experience of suicidality. The first-person voice is strangely absent. These frank accounts go some way to correcting the balance.

We hope that these narratives will be helpful for people who may have had similar encounters, or are harbouring future suicidal intentions, and for those who care for them personally or professionally; that readers can use the stories in the book to make better sense of their own experiences and decisions. Ultimately we hope that the book will facilitate a more empathic understanding of the experiences of others generally, and of people who were close to and have been lost to suicide.

Contents Forewords Professor Gillian Bendelow and Dr Katherine Johnson 1 Introduction Alec Grant, Judith Haire, Brendan Stone Witnessing suicide 2 Violent impact Karl Davis In the wake of suicide 3 Pamela Pamela Kirk 4 Phillipa Phillipa Brook 5 A lesson learned all too well, perhaps? Stacey Autote 6 From sisterhood to suicide: The story of a suicide loss Cath Walsh 7 Untitled Catherine Carley 8 Gone but not forgotten Georgina Smith 9 Untitled Alex 10 Suicidal wisdom Jayne Stewart 11 Pepe Karen McDonald 12 Living on the edge Abigal Muchecheti 13 The other half Jo Rhodes 14 D Gilly Graham 15 A lifetime changed in a moment Neil Ritchie 16 Self portrait Lost Soul Thinking suicide 17 My father's war Sid Prise 18 Choosing to be Ruth Kilner 19 The ultimate barrier - for all those who never made it back Tessa Glaze 20 Semi-suicidal Helen Harrop 21 Untitled Naomi Surviving suicide 22 Suicide - my story Anonymous 23 The secrets of suicide Dawn Willis 24 The suicide not is not my story (or the suicide note does not play my song) Dolly Sen 25 Phoenix to ashes Madame de Merteuil 26 The day I went to the meadow Felicity Stennett 27 'Con Hearse' Kathryn 28 ''The silence of suicide'' Michael Skinner Defending suicide 29 In defense of suicide Kathryn Rosenfeld 30 A red sadness: My Dad's Story Chrissie Hinde 31 An epilogue: suicide and sense making Alec Grant Appendices Contributors Bibliography

Our Encounters with Suicide is a book which should be compulsory reading for anyone who comes into contact with people who have been affected by suicide. These personal stories told with such inspiring honesty and deep sense of humanity enlighten some very difficult issues. They hold out some powerful truths which we all should listen to in how we live our lives personally and professionally. Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness, UK. This deeply moving and provocative book gives voice to one of society’s ancient and contemporary least understood enigmas. For the reader the stories captured within this volume highlight the strength and endurance of the human spirit in the face of both existential and neurotic suffering. These expert narratives teach us that true experiential knowledge is gained in the swampy low-lands and understood through reflection in and on action. This book speaks to anyone who considers themselves to be engaged in the act of becoming human. We rise by that from which we fall. Dawn Freshwater, Professor of Mental Health and Psychotherapist, UK.
Dr Alec Grant is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Brighton. He qualified as a mental health nurse in the mid-1970s and went on to study psychology, social science and psychotherapy. He is widely published in the fields of ethnography, autoethnography, clinical supervision, cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, and communication and interpersonal skills. For the last few years, his research interests have been in the area of narrative inquiry and writing, especially around mental health survival. Judith Haire graduated from Sheffield University.  She is widely published in the field of mental health.  Her current research centres on the pre and perinatal links to childhood trauma, the link between childhood adversity and psychoses; and how intergenerational dysfunctionality in families is linked to psychoses and other forms of post-traumatic stress. The late Dr Francis C. Biley initially trained as a mental health and an adult nurse and after holding a range of clinical and practice development posts moved into undergraduate and postgraduate research and teaching. He co-edited Our Encounters With Madness (PCCS Books 2011) with Alec Grant and Hannah Walker. He was Associate Professor in the Centre for Qualitative Research at Bournemouth University, UK , Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA and a Governor of a local Foundation Trust hospital. Brendan Stone has lived with mental health problems for nearly 40 years. He lives in Sheffield and has worked extensively with users of mental health services.