After the Suicide of Someone you know (secondary age)

Quick Overview

This newly updated and revised edition has been specifically written for NZ young people affected by the suicide of someone they know. Simply written, in a youth friendly style and featuring colour and photos, this helps teens to process and handle what’s happened. Ideal for schools, youth service providers and youth groups. It has also proved popular with young adults and adults. It is a skylight/SPINZ partnership publication and is now used widely around NZ after a suicide.

Health Professional Review

Reviewer: Paul Martin: WellSouth Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Book Title: After The Suicide of Someone You Know ( 2nd Edition)

Author: Tricia Hendry and Leora Hirsh

Publication Date: 2010 (second edition)

Problem Addressed: Suicide Bereavement for young people

Suitable for: Young people bereaved by suicide

Book Summary:

42 page booklet for young people on the impact of a suicide and the practical and emotional things that may happen to you and others after the death.


The booklet covers 15 aspects of the impact of a suicide on a young person, in easy to read segments. The booklet covers the issues that arise from the time of first hearing the news of the death, to some suggestions on how to remember the person who has died.

Sensitively written and acknowledging the many ways that people can grieve, the book also outlines some of the many possible reasons that people think about suicide.


The booklet does however tend to focus on depression as a major cause of suicide. Current evidence suggest that young people particularly may act without too much premeditation, especially under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  In addition, personal exposure to suicide is not mentioned as a significant risk factor.

Revised in 2010, most of the information provided is still very relevant and useful, although some of the ‘where to go for help’ information is now out of date; particularly the absence of the new developed 1737 freephone/txt helpline and the numerous apps and websites that can provide more detailed information on grieving and safety after a suicide.


Despite some reservations (outlined in weaknesses), this booklet would be recommended for young people who have been bereaved by suicide as a useful easy-to-read information source, along with up to date information on where to go for help in their local community, and current free helplines and websites.


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