Tag Archive for Suicide Awareness Week

"No One Saw It Coming": Matt Beam's Suicidal Thoughts And Last December

When I first started writing my novel, Last December, I had an argument with my best friend since adolescence, the one person I always show my work to throughout the writing process. She had read the first section of a very early draft and thought that my main character, Steven, was not depressed enough to be considering suicide, and that… Read more →

Unique Insights Into Teen Depression: Lesley Anne Cowan's Suicide Awareness Guest Post

I’ve had over ten years experience teaching in specialized classrooms for the highest risk students in the Toronto District School Board, and as a result, I feel I have a unique insight into teen depression. Both of my novels, As She Grows and Something Wicked, feature protagonists and caregivers who struggle with undiagnosed depression. I say I have a unique… Read more →

Suicide Awareness Week & Holiday #Readathon Mini-Challenge: Hold Still Giveaway!

As many of you already know, it’s Suicide Awareness Week on YABookShelf.com. When I announced it a couple of days ago, I mentioned that there would be reviews, commentaries, guest posts and giveaways, and so far, I’ve posted content that fits two of those aspects. Today I’m going to announce a giveaway in conjunction with the Holiday #Readathon that runs… Read more →

Why'd She Do It?: Suicide Awareness Week At YABookShelf.com

Over the last few months, like you, I’ve heard the news reports about teen suicide as a result of bullying and other causes. At the same time, I’ve watched a number of the heart-felt, “It Gets Better” messages of hope by celebrities and YA authors and have read several books featuring teens suffering from depression, considering suicide, and/or dealing with… Read more →