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Suicide Risk in the Bay Area: A Guide for Families, Physicians, Therapists, and Other Professionals Paperback – October 11, 2015
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Eli Merritt, M.D. completed a B.A. in history at Yale, M.A. in ethics at Yale, medical degree at Case Western Reserve, medical internship at the Lahey Clinic, and residency in psychiatry at Stanford. He is a psychiatrist and mental health expert who consults widely in the Bay Area. Founder of Merritt Mental Health, a Care Navigation practice that helps patients and family members navigate the mental health system, he is past president of the San Francisco Psychiatric Society and past member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford. Born in Nashville, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.
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“Suicide Risk in the Bay Area is critical reading for professionals, teachers, and parents. It’s possible to prevent suicide, and this book is an invaluable guide.”—David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy and Clean
“This book deserves to be on the desks of every mental health professional who lives and works in the Bay Area.”—Renée Binder, M.D., President, American Psychiatric Association
“Two books in one, Suicide Risk is an excellent primer on suicide risk assessment and management and a wealth of resources at your fingertips to readily guide you.”—Eve R. Meyer, Executive Director, San Francisco Suicide Prevention
“A valuable and innovative tool for doctors, therapists, and parents, Suicide Risk in the Bay Area deserves to be recognized and replicated nationwide.”—Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., Stanford, Past President, American Psychiatric Association
It is two books interlaced within one another. In the background, a series of essays on suicide risk, prevention and management. In the foreground, a detailed resource directory of mental health services in the Bay Area with a specific focus upon assistance for suicidal crises.
Dr. Merritt is an eminent local Bay area psychiatrist who survived the difficult childhood trauma of losing his mother to suicide. Perhaps only such a man - so uniquely qualified and positioned - could have written this cogent, timely, innovative and valuable resource.
Dr. Merritt has compiled an invaluable contribution to local mental health services, a model for a resource directory hopefully to be replicated in the near future for all the various regions in our nation.
The book is an amazing and thorough resource and includes groups, hospitals, programs, risk factors... so much valuable information. I wish that I had known about the suicide risk behaviors before the death of my friend because she definitely had warning signs. Dr. Merritt talks about his mother's suicide when he was a kid and it's incredible that he was able to harness that experience into helping others avoid a similar situation.