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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195325575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195325577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"[This book] is a fountain dually flowing copiously with anecdotal data and technical information about suicide. Laypersons thirsting for better understanding of suicide may be quite satisfied by the book's intellectually nourishing contents. And its contents may, as well, be very healthful to those thirsting professionally for better understanding of suicide, including: psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, behavioral therapists, psychiatric nurses, neurologists, suicide prevention experts, social workers, pediatricians, primary care physicians, school nurses, drug counselors, paramedics, and mental health advocates."--Metapsychology Online Reviews

"For those of us who have gotten caught in the rip current of depression, Eight Stories Up is a tether, a lifeline, with which we can begin to pull ourselves back to shore."--Brent Runyon, author of The Burn Journals

"Eight Stories Up is a practical, useful, and compelling book that should be in every high school library and on every therapist's shelf. Lezine and Brent have taken the complex, multifaceted problem of suicide and put it into language and examples that everyone can benefit from.Eight Stories Up clears up the confusion about suicide, answers the questions so many have, and sheds light on the practical, real-life struggle of one teen who overcame the demons, myths, and horrors of mental illness. As you walk through the author's life in this book, you will relate, learn, and develop your own insights to help get you through. What a fabulous book of hope and inspiration for anyone who feels their life might be over. Read Eight Stories Up and you will know that it is not!"--Daniel J. Reidenberg, Psy.D., FAPA, Executive Director (SAVE) Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, and Fellow, American Psychotherapy Association

"Interspersed with the poignant and personal experience of his own near-suicide, Lezine offers education and hope for others who may be thinking of ending their lives."--Bev Cobain, author of When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens and Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide

"Eight Stories Up is a powerful and important book. It offers hope to those without it and provides clear, practical suggestions for individuals and family members whose lives are hit by suicidal despair. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."--Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of An Unquiet Mind

"A candid account of life's trials and hopes,Eight Stories Up is an engaging narrative perfect for any adolescent who may feel lost or alone. Infused with facts and resources, DeQuincy Lezine's gripping story of his depressed adolescence and chronicle of recovery brings us into his world and lets us all know we're not alone. With an honest view of his life and experiences, Lezine teaches all adolescents how to choose hope over suicide."--Alison K. Malmon, Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, Inc.

"Quix's direct experience as a suicide attempter, combined with his PhD education in psychological research, provides a unique perspective from which parents and professionals working with struggling teens can gain insight and understanding into the complex world of a suicidal mind."--Sue Blauner, author of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention

"[P]owerful...In short, this book puts the complex, multifaceted problem of suicide into language and examples that everyone can understand and use. It should be in every high school and college library and on every therapist's shelf. Offering hope to suicidal youth, who typically feel that no one will understand their pain and who doubt that anyone cares enough to help, this book will inspire suicidal teens to seek help."--Choice

"Lezine's survival offers hope: Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he maintains his health and spirits. When youth workers and other caring adults place this lifesaving guide in young people's hands, they are introducing a wise and caring friend."--Youth Today

About the Author

DeQuincy A. Lezine, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide.
David Brent, MD, is Academic Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he holds the Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies.

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Customer Reviews

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Deeply moving and highly important.
Caitlin Thompson
This book will benefit any one who has ever felt like life was hopeless.
In less than 200 pages, the book covers a lot of ground.
Jay Boll

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth J. Mcdermott on May 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Having lived through my own pain of suicide, Eight Stories Up is insightful and a great reference for any adolescent or their families who may be caught up in the vicious cycle of suicide or suicidal behavior. It was a pleasure to meet Dequincy at a fund raiser for Laurel House in Stamford, Connecticut. After hearing his story, I realized that we both had something in common, I too used to size up buildings on the campus of the school I was attending and the only thing that kept me from jumping was the thought that if I lived through it, I would be paralized and I could not live with that.

I highly recommend this book to anyone facing the issues mentioned in the book or if they suspect that they have any mental health issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Boll on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After meeting DeQuincy Lezine, hearing his story and reading his book, I have no doubt that he will save young lives. His memoir of his own experience with near suicide provides an insider's look at the feelings, thoughts and circumstances that can lead to a decision to end one's life, the interventions that can be made to prevent this tragic occurrence, and the healing that takes in the recovery process. The book is written for a teen audience , but is an equally valuable resource for adult family members of teens at risk and professional caregivers. More than just a memoir of one person's descent into hopelessness and subsequent recovery, it is also a guide for identifying, understanding and grappling with the issues and pressures that can result in teenage suicide. In less than 200 pages, the book covers a lot of ground. It is very clearly written and DeQuincy's personal story is seamlessly interwoven throughout the text with more practical information about suicide prevention, treatment and recovery. Included in the back are a glossary of terms, bibliography and a resource section with phone numbers and addresses for hotlines, organizations for suicide prevention and mental health advocacy, self-help groups and information services. This book would make an excellent addition to any high school or university library, as well as to the bookshelves of families, friends and helping professionals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Thompson on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
DeQuincy Lezine's account of his personal struggles with suicide combined with current research on adolescent suicide is a brilliant piece of writing that should be on every adolescent therapist's bookshelf. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. His writing is accessible to anyone, and he (literally) speaks to the reader in ways both touching and encouraging. The honest, candid account of his own thoughts and feelings during his adolescence is punctuated by old journal entries and e-mails to friends, which creates an intensely personal narrative. Deeply moving and highly important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MBM on June 8, 2009
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To anyone who has thought about suicide at all, get this book. I absolutely love it. At one point I thought seriously about suicide, but these days it's just the persistent thoughts. As anyone with experience knows, "I should just end it all," becomes a constant refrain in your head once introduced. Whether or not you want to kill yourself, it won't get out.

This book brought me hope, and that's definitely saying something. My mind has been gone for months, and I had already lost all hope for ever surviving the trials it brings me.

This isn't just some BS book about "don't kill yourself, people will miss you, bla bla." This guy really cares. He really does. He respects all the readers as adults, not just kids, which is another rare commodity.

Sure, I'm not over my own mental issues, but it is SO WONDERFUL to feel understood. Yeah, this guy knows what he's talking about. He's not some therapist who has read a book and recites mantras. He knows and he understands. I am feeling understood in my desires for the first time in my life.

In a way, that has freed me - freed me from the monster of my mind. Not completely, but it's like the monster's teeth have been filed down so that they can't rip apart my brain quite so damagingly.

He cares. Read it. Get it from the library. Whatever you have to do, you deserve the care and understanding in that book.
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