Linda Pacha has firsthand knowledge of the devastation caused by a loved one’s suicide and the excruciating pain from losing a child. In 2013, her teenage son, Nick, died by suicide while away at college. Linda shares her insights gained through hindsight from his painful life, tragic death, and her family’s grief journey in the must-read book, Saving Ourselves from Suicide—Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief.
Prior to receiving her law degree, Linda obtained a BS in psychology and completed postgraduate studies in clinical psychology. She is the founder and president of Nick’s Network of Hope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that provides resources, education, and support about life challenges with an emphasis on mental health awareness and suicide prevention, as well as grief and loss.
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Nick, a kindhearted nineteen-year-old, walked from his college campus to a tall bridge and jumped into the Mississippi. The lost body, the subsequent jumpers . . . suddenly the unthinkable became unfathomable.
Linda Pacha takes you on a powerful journey through her son’s heartbreaking life story—including ongoing bullying, not fitting in, and ultimately suffering from mental health issues—as well as her family’s grief process, offering guidance to save others from suicide and help those grieving in the aftermath of loss. She hopes that you will benefit from these insights gained from hindsight to help yourself, your family, or your friends.
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“The author has a crystal clear vision of mental health and the continuums of illness.”
“Saving Ourselves from Suicide is a touching account of one family’s survival after losing their son and brother to suicide. While this is a loss that none of us would wish on anyone, Saving Ourselves from Suicide gives a meaningful glimpse into the powerful loss and the many things we can do to support each other and our loved ones through struggle.”
“The common thread throughout the book is Linda’s call for all to be more kind and compassionate to one another, to search for understanding, and to be aware of how our actions impact others.”
“It describes the emotional journey of living through the events leading up to suicide and walks through the painful steps of the initial shock and long grieving process. It is a valuable resource to make it through grief and loss. This is a visceral but important read.”
“Open and honest conversation about mental health and suicide is needed now more than ever in society. Through the eyes of a loving mother, this book does just that in a candid, caring, and hope-filled way providing the needed narrative of one family’s journey with the challenge of mental health issues.”
“Awareness, education, and connection are keys to tackling the overwhelming issue of suicide in our society. The author’s voice in “Saving Ourselves from Suicide” brings awareness to a new level, through her brave and honest account of the death of her beautiful son by suicide, and the impact this had on her family and the community.”
“Insights, information, and resources to help others decide to “Stay” or to assist the healing for those who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one. Her sharing may be the best-informed friendly advice you could receive. It comes from a deep, painful experience and with the authenticity of a mother’s broken heart.”
“Not only is this book a must-read for anyone suffering a loss of suicide, it is also a guide offering support for those living with a loved one who suffers from mental illness….Rather than hiding behind the stigma of suicide and weighing the reader with unnecessary stats and references, Linda’s heartfelt storytelling opens the door for us survivors to move through our pain and start healing.”
Complete the form below if you would like Linda Pacha, author of Saving Ourselves From Suicide—Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief, to speak with your group about any of the following: her experiences caring for a teenager with a mental health issue (including how to recognize warning signs of suicide), parenting a bullied child, living with the stigma of mental health and suicide, navigating the grief journey and surviving a loss, relying on faith while grieving, and living with more compassion.
Thank you for reading Saving Ourselves from Suicide—Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief. To enrich your reading experience, I have provided the following discussion questions. Whether you are a member of a reading group or just want to sit back and ponder these questions on your own, I hope they will inspire good thought and even positive action.—Linda
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