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How Not to Kill Yourself

Written by: Set Sytes,Faith G. Harper PhD LPC-S ACS - foreword
Narrated by: Tim Bruce,Erin Bennett - foreword
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A highly imaginative and relatable guide for anyone who needs the reassurance that suicide is never worth it.

Are you inclined to escape the crumminess of everyday life into fantasy worlds? Are you smart and imaginative in a way that isn't really suited to your surroundings? Are you definitely misunderstood, likely angry, and almost certainly depressed? Set Sytes, hailing from the UK, would prefer you stay alive and sort things out rather than the alternative, thanks. He figures there are better opportunities for you out there and lays it all out in a way that's compelling, funny, sharp, and useful.

This zine-turned-book (please don't call it a self-help guide, asks the author) is ultimately about how to be a person in the world. It can be done non-miserably, we promise.

©2018 Set Sytes, Faith G. Harper (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Helpful and humorous

I liked this. The lighthearted jokes around the topic of the realities of suicide kept me listening without getting bummed or irritated. I love the term “pessimistic imaginatives” :)

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Helpful, Smart, Realistic and Funny. Doesn't Suck.

Well. I'm not going to kill myself now. Thanks a lot Set.
Now I have to figure out what I'm doing with the rest of my life.

A very good book that reaches some of us on a level that regular self-help could never do.
This book is like that one teacher in high school who seemed to understand and inspire you as you were tossed amidst a sea of faces who look at you like you're far too strange to exist... or don't look at you at all.

Lowly recommended by me, as that's the highest praise I can give. Highly recommended for you.

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I loved it

This is amazing read and tells you truly how not to kill your self. However I think there’s a spiritual side to things for mental stability.
Thank you.

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Thanks for this

I don't know how much I needed it now, but I do know that having this in my mind will be used in the future for the betterment of myself and thise around me. Again, thank you

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Thank you

I swear this author has been in my mind my whole life. It’s like this book was written for me. Thank you

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Uplifting and Hilarious

This book was an excellent and easy read that I would recommend to anyone who is struggling with their mental health.

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Worthwhile read

Good insights for those struggling. Find hope for the next day. One day at a time.

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Bandaide for a bruise?

I have no doubt this can be helpful to many!
we need to start somewhere.
I do believe it's almost like a bandaide to a bruise kind of problem.
I do believe it's not common knowledge (b/c big corps would make way less money) the root problem is true connection to another human and the lack of causes depression.
If from birth we lack an emotional connection- how do we Ever feel like we belong and truly connect to other humans- if our parents couldn't love us like we needed?
In a period of time when society deam it acceptable and even (sadly) encourages children leading children vs parents leading their children would be a conversation to help heal the cut.
Connecting (not virtually b/c let's face it, it's not true in person conversation and connection) to other humans is vital otherwise we experience negative side effects.

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Share this with everyone you know! #MentalHealthMatters

This is a no-nonsense, no-bullshit, compassionate manifesto for life, and why YOUR life is worth living. Yes, YOU. Download it, listen to it, and then listen to it again. YOU are worth it.

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  • Mikey
  • 2020-09-07

Like a self-care refresher, with humor and example

First of all, don’t be put off by the doctor who wrote the foreword. She swears a lot for no reason and she doesn’t add anything to the story. I read it so you don’t have to—you can skip the foreword. The first several chapters talk about what you’re going through and what it feels like. The real broth of the book lies somewhere around chapter 13 and beyond. Practical examples of how not to kill yourself. Each chapter there on gives easy to follow things you can do to help stay the course another day.

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  • D S J
  • 2021-02-23

It got me thinking 🙂

Well read, a “self help” book with a wonderfully comical bent, which made it enjoyable and easy to listen through to the end of the book. I think it was the first time I have actually finished a self help type book. I found it more of a book of encouragement at a time when I really needed encouragement. My thanks to the author, who felt like more of a kindred spirit who had made it through the darkness we share. It was brave of you to tell the tale and shine a light.

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  • Morgan
  • 2020-09-14

Live change

I’ve tried listening/reading other “self-help” self development books and most of them were dull and disappointing. Most of them I couldn’t even finish reading their first chapter. This book is so different. It’s a no bullshit no rainbows and sunshine’s book that tells you what you need to hear.

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  • K.A.J
  • 2021-07-25

Help for Inescapable Suicidal ideation

Absolutely love the narrator -who did a fabulous job. This book is filled with empathy and sympathy for the reader (listener) through a wonderfully raw, acceptable humor and full of practicality. The author is understanding and encouraging through a way of sharing personal thoughts and ideas for when depression, the horrible dark beast decides to inundate your mind. If you have chronic intrusive thoughts and/or suicidal ideation- then this book could be just what you need in your life.

When I decided to give yet one more book to help me a chance- I was not disappointed at all. The author serves you up with just what you need including being someone that "gets it". This isn't some mundane, boring person with a bunch of credentials after their name; rather, it's a clever *real* person giving you every reminder of tips for coping that you may already know, may not have known, or had forgotten about over time. Ideas are presented to use known skills/activities but thinking about them in different ways with additional ideas of activities you may have never tried. Like gaming! Tips for utilizing gaming to help you including playing around someone.

I loved the part regarding creating to get the stuff out of your head. Artists of all kinds deal with thinking everyone's work is better or you're not good enough and the author reminds us that some of the best creations out there are ugly and far from *perfect*. You're reminded to not hold back but to express your thoughts through whatever medium of creation you make. Not just painters or drawers but also writers/bloggers, sculptors, programmers even. If it is cathartic for you do whatever you want with it. Keep it just for you or share it with others.

There's so much more to this book than I ever would've thought could be contained in it. I felt understood, I felt myself smiling from the at times sardonic humor, I felt inspired and renewed. I felt real, loved, alive and valued. I felt like maybe, just maybe, I can give my deplorable existence one more chance.

My mind has been blown by the power and relatedness of this book. My review doesn't do the book proper justice. I highly recommend listening to/reading this- you'll do so without regret.

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  • Courtney
  • 2020-12-22

please please please read this book!

This book has been such an amazing help! It truly makes you feel like you’re not alone in this struggle with yourself and the world. I’ve yet to find something (book or otherwise) that makes me feel, dare I say it, optimistic! Please give it a go! You’ll thank yourself for it!

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  • chris
  • 2020-12-06

Direct !!!

#1 LOTS of things we say to our selves or do; Hard core simple/direct sayings/ideas, put in kick you in the asz ways !!!
#2 Jumps around to many different concepts.
#3 Lots of swearing on/ off & in this context, i'd say necessary.
#4 Not just for people at their end. but GREAT for every one; as a way to have a better /happier life too.

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  • David A
  • 2021-07-17

Out in the Open!

The author gets it. People with suicidal thoughts are isolated . This book bring the truths away from dark therapy rooms where one is just another textbook case. Loved humor and sarcasm!!

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  • 2021-02-01

Friendly, funny, and emotional

Listening to this felt like having a conversation with a best friend. The author is a kindred spirit to the pain, and does not judge anyone who experiences it differently or doesn't experience it at all. If you have depression or someone in your life who suffers from depression I would recommend this book. The author makes it easy to hear about and talk about depression and suicide, and from the get go he lets you know it's ok to laugh. The narrator gives a wonderful performance which really solidifies the sense of connection to the words. Thank you so much for this book, it really helps to have someone who understands.

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  • Alayna Roberts
  • 2020-12-08

great techniques

I really enjoyed this audiobook and feel like I learned a couple different techniques from it too!

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  • Amanda Aycock
  • 2020-10-20

Wow wow wow!

Absolutely amazing and actually had me laughing out loud when I didn’t think it was possible. So grateful for this book!

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