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  • Published: 6 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781785043437
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $35.00

When It Is Darkest

Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It




The first evidence-based mass market book self-help book on understanding and preventing suicide.

When you are faced with the unthinkable, this is the book you can turn to.

Suicide is baffling and devastating in equal measures, and it can affect any one of us: one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Yet despite the scale of the devastation, for family members and friends, suicide is still poorly understood.


Drawing on decades of work in the field of suicide prevention and research, and having been bereaved by suicide twice, Professor O'Connor is here to help. This book will untangle the complex reasons behind suicide and dispel any unhelpful myths. For those trying to help someone vulnerable, it will provide indispensable advice on communication, stressing the importance of listening to fears and anxieties without judgment. And for those who are struggling to get through the tragedy of suicide, it will help you find strength in the darkest of places.

  • Published: 6 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781785043437
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Rory O’Connor

Rory O’Connor is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow. He is the world leader on suicide research and prevention and has been working in this area for 25 years. He has published extensively in the field of suicide and self-harm and has contributed to five BBC documentaries on suicide and has a Twitter account @suicideresearch.

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