Suicide Prevention Techniques

Suicide Prevention Techniques

Two books have been published which share the methods and approach that we use at our award-winning Suicide Crisis Centre. They are available from most bookshops in the UK and internationally. The books are designed to be relevant for the public and for professionals.

The “Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook” has been a number 1 bestseller in its suicide prevention category on Amazon. It is available from most bookshops including Waterstones.  You can buy the book at Blackwell’s here: Blackwell’s or at Waterstones here: Waterstones or at W.H. Smith here: WH Smith or at Amazon here: Amazon UK

It is a comprehensive 220-page guide to supporting someone who is having suicidal thoughts. It is full of strategies to support someone during a period of suicidal crisis.

We use much of the content of the book in our suicide prevention training for NHS services and psychiatric teams as well as for our suicide prevention awareness training for the British Transport Police.

The sales of both books are raising money for our award-winning Suicide Crisis Centre.

“Such an important book, written with empathy, deep knowledge, understanding and compassion. It will without doubt save lives” (Amazon review).  “Invaluable to understand the deeply complex world of someone suffering suicidal crisis” (Amazon review).  “The lived experience of the writer, alongside direct anecdotal examples, provide the reader with an authentic perspective that adds power and relevance to the information given” (Amazon review)

You can buy “The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook” from Amazon here: Amazon: Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook and from Blackwell’s here: Blackwell’s: Suicide Prevention Guidebook or from Waterstones here: The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook by Joy Hibbins | Waterstones.

“Suicide Prevention Techniques: How A Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives” explains in detail how we work at our Suicide Crisis Centre: our methods, approach and ethos. The book explains how we have achieved zero suicide and explains the strategies we use which ensure that our clients are able to survive suicidal crisis. The book shows how we have a different approach and methods from those of mental health services. This book drew the attention of the Ministry of Health in New Zealand to our work, and has been widely praised by professionals.

Reviews describe the book as “compelling”  “invaluable” “highly engaging and thought-provoking” “incredibly helpful” and “should be compulsory reading for those who work with and care for those vulnerable to suicide.”

For details of how to order in the U.K. and overseas, please see below. The book is available from most booksellers in the UK and worldwide, and each book sold raises money for our charity: the author’s royalties go to Suicide Crisis. 

You can buy the book from W.H. Smith: WH Smith: “Suicide Prevention Techniques: How A Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives”

Currently the cheapest price for the book is at the wonderful Blackwell’s bookshop: Suicide Prevention Techniques : Joy Hibbins : 9781785925498 : Blackwell’s (

Or from Waterstones: Waterstones: “Suicide Prevention Techniques: How A Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives”

Or from Amazon: Amazon: “Suicide Prevention Techniques: How A Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives”

Barnes & Noble (in the USA):

You can buy from Book Depository and they will ship the book anywhere in the world (free delivery):

Reviews on the back cover of the book and inside are listed below:
“Having lost a dear son to suicide, I desperately wish that this incredibly helpful book had been available, as well as the wonderful Suicide Crisis Centre, for him and for us. She brings new hope for suicide prevention with new solutions.”
Heather S. Buchanan, author and illustrator

“This book provides a clearly written outline of the core skills and personal qualities needed to try to save lives at risk of suicide. If it’s not on your course reading list it should be. I haven’t seen a better description of how to always have hope, maintain that when others have none, and to value all human life as if it were a member of your family.”
Vivien Isaac-Curson, a retired Psychiatric Nurse and Clinical Coordinator

‘Highly engaging and thought-provoking, providing a detailed description of a genuinely person-focused approach to crisis care. Joy writes with a refreshingly honest and caring tone, and it is clear why so many clients have found the support of Suicide Crisis transformative.”
Dr Emma Cernis, Clinical Psychologist and Wellcome Trust Clinical Doctoral Fellow,
University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry

“Joy sets out in such a clear and compelling way just why and how we can care better for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. This book should be compulsory reading for all those who work with and care for those vulnerable to suicide. We can and must do more.”
Steven Powles, Barrister, who represents bereaved families at inquests.

“This invaluable book is a compassionate account of immensely practical lessons from someone who has experienced suicidal crisis and has used her knowledge and understanding to so effectively support others”
Dr Heather Castillo, author and former Chief Executive of The Haven project, a Department of Health innovation site.