Multitude of new suicide prevention and intervention materials available at library

Thanks to a generous grant from San Juan Basin Public Health, we have added 26 new suicide prevention and intervention materials — books and DVDs — to our collection that we think will be useful to our community.
Suicide is a major health issue in our country. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2016, there were 44,965 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. On average, adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years.
Here is a list of 23 new books on suicide-related topics now available at your library:
• “Children, Teens and Suicide Loss” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is available in both English and Spanish.
• “Dead Serious/second edition” by Jane Mersky Leder is an updated guide to breaking the cycle of teen suicide that is written for teens, adults and educators.
• “Real Men Do Cry” by former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple is his inspiring story of tackling depression and surviving the suicide loss of his son. This book includes resources, including a checklist for depression and actions to avert it.
• “Unbroken Brain” by Maia Szalavitz offers a new perspective on addiction, arguing that they are learning disorders and looking at different treatment methods.
• “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows how a diverse group of suicide loss survivors are coping.
• “After” by Francis Chalifour is a memoir of a teen healing after his father’s suicide.
• “My Uncle Keith Died” by Carol Ann Loehr helps parents and professionals discuss suicide with young children.
• “True Life Lasts” by James Wegert, a school counselor, communicates important information about healthy relationships that teens and young adults need to know.
• “Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life” by Dr. Stuart Shanker helps parents and their kids deal with excessive stress.
• “Eating Mindfully for Teens” by Dr. Susan Albers is a workbook with 27 tips to help teens make healthy choices, end emotional eating and feel good about their body.
• “Why Suicide” by Eric Marcus offers answers to questions about suicide, suicide prevention and coping with the suicide of someone you know.
• “Learning to Love the Girl in the Mirror” by Helena Grace Donald contains self-empowering and self-loving tools to make teen girls feel Supergirl confident.
• “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make” by Sean Covey is a guide to help teens succeed in school, make good friends, get along with parents, wisely handle dating and sex issues, avoid or overcome addictions, and much more.
• “The Power to Prevent Suicide” by Dr. Richard E. Nelson and Judith C. Galas is a guide for teens helping teens when your friend asks for help.
• “Daring Greatly” by Dr. Brene Brown uses warmth and humor to help you live, love, parent and lead.
• “Untangled” by Dr. Lisa Damour is a practical guide for teenage girls going through seven transitions into adulthood.
• “The Healthy Teen Cookbook” by teen chef and cooking show host Remmi Smith offers easy-to-cook recipes and menus from around the world to inspire teens.
• “The Whole-Brain Child” by Drs. Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson provides 12 strategies based on the latest neuroscience research to nurture your child’s developing mind.
• “After Suicide Loss: Coping With Your Grief/second edition” by Drs. Jack Jordan and Bob Baugher offers advice for people of all ages.
• “Stop Anxiety from Stopping You” by Dr. Helen Odessky is a program of tools and techniques for conquering panic and social anxiety.
• “Touched by Suicide” by Dr. Michael F. Myers and Carla Fine combines the perspectives of a physician and a survivor, offering compassionate and practical advice.
• “The Parent’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis” by Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock, experts in youth ministry and crisis management, focuses on suicidal thoughts, death of a friend, eating disorders, substance abuse, pregnancy, hazing, cheating, violence and more.
In addition, here are three DVDs on the subject:
• “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shows how a diverse group of suicide loss survivors are coping.
• “Living with Bipolar Disorder” by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention uses case histories to describe how to achieve and maintain wellness.
• The “Empower Workouts” contains motivational fitness routines led by teens.
As well, there are a lot of great resources available on the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado website, including effective ways to talk about suicide, as well as quick facts and other helpful information. Visit that website at
Early literacy librarian
job opening
Paige Shook, our early literacy librarian, is resigning to take a library job in her home town, so we are looking for her replacement. If you are interested in the position, please go to the library’s website to review the job description, requirements, salary and benefits, and how to apply.
Teen book club
Friday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the teen book club, seventh- through 12th-graders will discuss “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller and enjoy free snacks. Stop by the library to pick up a copy. Note the change of day and time because school is out.
All-ages gaming
Friday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
Literary Ladies
This free book-lovers’ group — formerly the Senior Book Club — meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Friday, Aug. 24, they will discuss “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. Stop by your library to pick up a copy. For more information, contact Marilyn Stroud at
Tween gaming
Free gaming for fourth through eighth grades is next Monday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen gaming
Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in the seventh through 12th grades. Enjoy Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Teen role-playing
The free role-playing game for seventh- through 12th-graders takes place next Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.
Open play
Instead of family storytimes, we will have open play on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for the rest of the month.
Computer class
Join us on alternating Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for free sessions to learn a useful skill or application.
Aug. 27 is the Learning Express Library, an interactive learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses to help you prepare for tests and improve your academic skills. There also are several computer and software tutorials for Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Excel and more.
Adult education summer schedule
Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) is operating on a summer schedule — from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Come to your library to get help with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.
Free tech sessions
Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Activities calendars
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions — kids, tweens/teens and adults.
Two new Spanish books
“Stranger: El Desafio de un Immigrante Latino en la era de Trump/Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Era of Trump” by Jorge Ramos, an Emmy award-winning journalist and Univision anchor, is the memoir of a man who has spent 35 years in the U.S. but still often feels like a stranger here. “La Linea se Convuerte eb Rio/The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantúis the memoir of a border patrol agent who was raised in the Southwest.
Thrillers, mysteries and suspense
“Scorpian Strike” by John Gilstrap is a Jonathan Grave thriller.
Large print
“The Money Shot” by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall features Teddy Fay and Stone Barrington. “Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic” by Ace Atkins is a Spenser mystery. “Baby Teeth” by Zoje Stage follows a woman and her daughter who cannot or will not speak. “Paradox” by Catherine Coulter is an FBI thriller featuring Savich and Sherlock.
Other novels
“The Errant Duchess” by Victoria Rose is a romance set in Venice in 1817.
“A Plastic Ocean” is a documentary about the consequences to our oceans of our global disposable lifestyle. “What We Did on Our Holiday” is a family comedy.
“How to be a Christian” by C.S. Lewis is a collection of writings from the essays, articles and letters of one of the most famous defenders and explainers of Christian beliefs in the 20th century.
Programmed Nooks
We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library. Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.
Downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries — on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.
Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank the U.S. Forest Service and our many anonymous donors.
Quotable quote
“The Past is History, The Future’s a Mystery, Being Here and Now is a precious gift, That’s why they call it the Present.” — From “A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh” by Dr. Joseph Parent and Nancy Parent.
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at

This story was posted on August 24, 2018.