"My brother took his own life on his thirtieth birthday. My life has never been the same," says author Jane Mersky Leder. Thirty plus years after publishing the first edition of Dead Serious, this second completely revised and updated edition covers new ground: bullying, social media, LGBTQ teens, suicide prevention programs, and more. Scores of teens share their stories that are often filled with hurt, disappointment, shame — yet often hope.
Written for teens, adults and educators, this book explores the current cultural and social landscape and how the pressure-filled lives of teens today can lead to anxiety, depression — and suicide. Leder's own journey informs her goal of helping to prevent teen suicide by empowering teens who are suffering and teens who can serve as peer leaders and connectors to trusted adults. The skyrocketing number of teens who take their own lives makes Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide more relevant and important than ever.