About Linda

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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Saving Ourselves from SuicideBefore and After

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.

  • Suicide prevention—Access to real-life examples of suicide warning signs missed in Nick’s last behaviors and communications; discussion of mental health issues as a risk factor; an inside look at private challenges and bullying; and ways to help those struggling to stay alive
  • Self-help/grief after a loss—Recommendations on navigating the grief process, including the challenging steps back into society, new family dynamics, and necessary choices after loss; explanation of the stigma, judgment, and misconceptions of mental health and suicide; and ways to help loss survivors
  • Tips for a better tomorrowPractical suggestions for reducing the pressure we put on ourselves and our youth and for creating a more compassionate world.

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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.

Book Group Discussion Questions for Saving Ourselves from Suicide—Before and After: How to Ask for Help, Recognize Warning Signs, and Navigate Grief

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

  • Have you or someone close to you ever reached a point where you felt you could not go on anymore? If you are willing to talk about it, please share who or what helped you (or them) to continue in life?
  • What does mental health mean to you, and how do you try to obtain or maintain it? What does mental illness mean to you?
  • How do you reach out to others and show kindness and compassion if they seem lonely or overwhelmed? Please share some examples. What more can you do to show these virtues? How can you encourage others to do the same?
  • What is one personal challenge or question you have that this book addresses?
  • How do you find hope in your life? What people and/or things give you hope? How can you offer or inspire hope to others?
  • If you have experienced a significant loss, what part of the grief process did you, or do you, find most challenging? Why? What have you done, or do you do now, to overcome those challenges?
  • What misconceptions about mental health or suicide have you experienced or witnessed? What can you do, or have you already done, to help correct those misconceptions?
  • How did your school-age years compare to what kids are experiencing today? If there are differences, why?
  • The author gives recommendations for how we can reduce the pressure that we, as a society, put on ourselves and our youth. Give an example of the type of pressure you or your loved ones have experienced and explain what has helped reduce it.
  • What is your experience with bullying? Explain how bullying has affected you or someone you know.