From our Library

Fresno SOS has an in-house library available at our offices. Please contact us or drop-by our office to check out our selection of suggested reading materials.   See the below listing for some of the popular titles in our Resource Library available for check out. 

"Suicide: Why?  85 Questions and Answers About Suicide"
    By Adina Wrobleski and Daniel J. Reidenberg, Psy.D., FAPA

"Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and    Won... And How You Can, Too"
 By Cait Irwin

For anyone in the clutches of the frightening beast that is depression, this book can help.  In vivid words and images, Cait Irwin shares her own compelling story: how she struggled with clinical depression at age fourteen, was hospitalized, sought therapy, found the right medication, and successfully made the long, arduous climb back to good health.  This prowerful volume shares an inspirational message with all who are waging their own battles with depression: There is a way out.  

"A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash"
By Sylvia Nasar


"His Bright Light"
By Danielle Steel

"Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide"
By Earl A. Grollman and Max Malikow

Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide talks about things like the first days after a death and what you may feel; the need to know why; how you can tell if someone is suicidal; what to do if you've promised not to tell anyone; returning to school after a suicide; and popular misconceptions, like the idea that people who attempt suicide are just looking for attention.  It is a straightforward, compassionate book --one that gives comfort and expert ideas for helping yourself. 

"The Suicidal Mind"
By Edwin S. Shneidman

"Night Falls Fast"
By Edwin S. Schneidman

An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illness, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself.  Weaving together a historical and scientific exploration of the subject with personal essays on individual suicides, she brings not only her remarkable compassion and literary skill but all of her knowledge and research to bear on this devastating problem.  This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. 

"After A Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal"
By Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T.

The premature death of  a parent can be devastating for young children --with the consequences far more profound when the parent dies by suicide. Amidst the resulting grief, turmoil and confusion, the surviving parent is faced with the monumental task of tending to the emotional lives of the children left behind.  In this instructive and impassioned work, longtime children's bereavement counselor and psychotherapist Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T., charts the complex emotional waters every family must navigate in the wake of a previously unimaginable suicide death.  Starting with the haunting tale of her own mother's suicide, Requarth weaves together her experience counseling, "survivors," poignant interviews with children, teens and parents, and the latest research on suicide and its aftermath.  What emerges is a groundbreaking "how-to" guide for parent survivors: how to manage both the immediate and long-term implications of the suicide, how to talk to your children, how to see them through the heart-rending anguish to a place of acceptance, healing, and finally, a renewed and deepened capacity for joy.