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 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 suicide prevention and grief support charity that provides resources, education, and support about life challenges.
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A CARING UP-CLOSE LOOK AT SUICIDE
THE HELP THAT COULD HAVE SAVED MY SON
THE GUIDANCE WE NEEDED FOR GRIEF AND TO RELEASE GUILT
Linda Pacha is refreshingly transparent, holding nothing back in this moving and uplifting help book. With the detailed table of contents, you will refer back to her recommendations and warm advice time and time again. Read warning signs in her son’s last text messages that are labeled for you. Learn what Nick could not feel or understand: the options and hope that were still there. And if suicide has already happened, she will help you move forward in your grief, release any guilt or anger, and find the hope in life again.
Pacha is an attorney. Her undergraduate degree and postgraduate studies are in psychology and clinical psychology, respectively. Linda public speaks about suicide prevention and the grief process through the nonprofit she founded, Nick’s Network of Hope (nicksnetworkofhope.org). She’s known for her unfaltering honesty, which is appreciated by many. Pacha is a parent who has been through the worst and shares everything to help others in pain.
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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.”
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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
Saving Ourselves From Suicide is published by AutumnBloom Press, which is wholly owned and operated by Nick’s Network of Hope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Typically, authors and/or publishers may be eligible to earn money based on directing readers to one sale venue over another. Nick’s Network of Hope and AutumnBloom Press have no preference as to where readers make their purchases. The book may also be purchased anywhere books are sold. Any and all book sale proceeds go toward suicide prevention and awareness.
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