As a non-traditional (i.e. older) college student and father of two adolescent boys, I found Mr. Rickgarn's book an excellent treatise on the subject. Unlike the college textbook that I was exposed to during a Psychology of Suicide class that I took in 2004, PERSPECTIVES ON COLLEGE STUDENT SUICIDE is written in a manner that people of all ages can understand and benefit from.
Using real-life examples from his twenty plus years working with students at a private liberal arts college and at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Rickgarn lays the foundation by providing the reader with the awareness needed to recognize the behavioral, emotional, and verbal clues associated with a suicidal individual. He then walks the reader through the intervention process and includes a practical list of Do's and Don'ts gleaned from his years of campus experience. A chapter on postvention addresses the steps that can be taken by both individuals and institutions to intervene on behalf of survivors in the aftermath of a suicide.
Mr. Rickgarn's PERSPECTIVES ON COLLEGE STUDENT SUICIDE should be required reading for all college students and parents of adolescents and young adults to help them recognize suicidal individuals they may encounter within their circles of concern and guide them through the intervention process.