Recommended Reading List

  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
  • All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found by Philip Connors
  • After a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal by Margo Requarth
  • After a Suicide Death: An Activity Book for Grieving Kids by The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
  • After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief by Jack Jordan, Ph.D., and Bob Baugher, Ph.D.
  • An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness by Greg Bottoms
  • Before Their Time: Adult Children’s Experience of Parental Suicide by Mary and Maureen Stimming
  • Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.
  • Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch
  • Happiness is a Thought Away! by Michael Lantz
  • Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One by Ann Smolin, C.S.W. and John Guinan, Ph.D.
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  • I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • Journey Not Chosen... Destination Not Known: Living With Bipolar by Mary Worthen
  • Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Anderson
  • Living on the Border by Stephanie R. Kauffman.
  • Mental Health Through Will Training: A System of Self-Help in Psychotherapy As Practiced by Recovery Incorporated by Abraham A. Low, M.D.
  • Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy by Kelly Wilson Ph.D and Troy DuFrene MA
  • Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One by Carla Fine
  • Real Men Do Cry: A Quarterback’s Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss by Eric Hipple, with Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley
  • Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden, Ph.D.
  • Suicide Survivors: A Guide for Those Left Behind by Adina Wrobleski
  • Take the Dimness of My Soul Away: Healing After a Loved One's Suicide by William A. Ritter
  • The Anxiety And Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama
  • The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life by Kim T. Mueser and Susan Gingerich
  • The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn Miller
  • The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Stephen S. Ilardi
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Miguel Ruiz
  • The Instinct to Heal: Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy by David Servan-Schreiber
  • The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Miguel Ruiz
  • The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order by Joan Wickersham
  • Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety by Troy DuFrene MA and Kelly Wilson Ph.D
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
  • Walking your Blues Away: How to Heal the Mind and Create Emotional Well-Being by Thom Hartmann
  • When Food is Love by Geneen Roth
  • Where was God When…?: Real Answers to Hard Questions by Mike Calhoun & Ric Garland
  • Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas Joiner

These books come recommended by past MOM Race participants.  If you’d like to recommend another book for this reading list, please email website@momrace.org. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention also maintains an exhaustive list of books for suicide loss survivors.