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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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Publisher's Summary

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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tonight would not be the night, I guess. Fk, it's morning now..

today* then

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  • Mikey
  • 07-09-20

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
  • 23-02-21

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
  • 14-09-20

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
  • 25-07-21

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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  • chris
  • 06-12-20

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
  • 17-07-21

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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  • Jenna
  • 01-02-21

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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  • Courtney
  • 22-12-20

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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  • Alayna Roberts
  • 08-12-20

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
  • 20-10-20

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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  • James Raine
  • 16-10-21

Really enjoyed this

I love your approach to imagination. I was considering joining a creative writing group ( when I am better )and this book gave my a bit of a kick.
I can relate to so many things. Thank you.

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  • Kellen M
  • 05-01-23

the Hitchhiker's Guide to Depression

This book definitely should come with "Don't Panic" written in large, friendly letters on the front cover. While I am not currently in the target audience for this book, I greatly appreciated the author's perspective, anecdotes and advice for fellow creative pessimists. The excellent narration also reminded me, in a good way, of the Hitchhiker's Guidr to the Galaxy. 10/10, recommended for all hoopy froods who might not currently know where their towels are.

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  • Carmen West
  • 03-01-23

brilliantly funny in a good way

it is so honest, spoken from experience with humour and fantastic description of what it is to live with depression and suicidalality . easy to relate to and made me laugh at myself as well as the condition in a good way. thank you. I have read a couple of faith Harper's books and she was right to promote this one.

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  • Clementine Sykes
  • 11-10-22

Good (can be a touch annoying)

Generally really helpful and gets how shit being suicidal and depressed is, doesn’t tiptoe around anything and laughs at it (if only with a slightly dated sense of humour that your dad might use).
Also would question: Go for a walk preferably at night time in parks and woods… this is obviously not written with women in mind as that’s a terrifying prospect.

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  • Poison Pen
  • 09-10-22

I'm still here

A disreputable, disrespectful, look at why I shouldn't kill myself. It made me actually laugh out loud at points, which is something of an achievement at the moment. Thank you Set, your book is very refreshing, us Imaginative Pessamists need more "tell it like it is, sans kittens and ponies"

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  • Khalilullah khalil
  • 08-09-22

Informative helpful

It wasn't my version of favourite book. But It has updated my knowledge in this regard, the reader made the book very interesting

The one reader was superb, even my best and favourite reader

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  • Paul
  • 25-06-22

quirky approach to self-help

Good length, well performed and quirky honest ideas in the book, different from most books of similar topic

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  • damo.emt1
  • 22-06-22

Brilliant

A brilliant, humorous and meaningful piece of work. Worth a read by imaginative pessimists

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  • Mr R.
  • 26-04-22

Enjoyable and light hearted look into how to overcome depression

A book that pokes fun at a serious topic such as depression and suicide whilst providing theory and practical advice takes some skill to write. Really enjoyable read and a must if you feel depressed or suicidal because it’s like sitting down talking to a good friend

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  • Polly Curtis
  • 17-01-22

very beautiful book

I want to thank the author for trying to help.. he is a hero.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

Dark Humor on Serious Topic

Content -  The content focuses on providing honesty and hope for young adults who are experiencing suicidal ideation. The content is not sugar coated and tries to provide a sense of dark humor to a serious topic.

Audio Quality - Good, listened via audible.

Overall -  Was a good listen, simple to follow along with.

Recommendation - . Recommend to young adults with a darker sense of humor who are experiencing suicidal ideation, major depression or are a friend to someone experiencing these illnesses.

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  • danica talia
  • 15-01-23

Realistic and humorous! Loved it

Despite the comment about this not being a positive self help book, it is made clear at the start it is not a “self help book”. The author touches on depression and the reality of how it feels and the impact it has on others. In a way it is a self help book, just not the traditional kind that asks you to love yourself in ways you might find difficult. This book takes it back to basics - have a shower and get dressed, eat food, drink water. It speaks the language of those who struggle with those fundamental needs. The author speaks to you as if a friend who understands what you are going through. This book with its dark humour made be giggle. It was really refreshing. Thank you

Only removed a star because one or two of the last chapters were a bit rambly and I didnt understand what was going on. Maybe that bit didnt apply to me - but I still think the book is absolutely worth a listen. I will listen to it over and over

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-22

What just happened

Well, I had such high hopes…

I really wanted it to not let me down in fact I sent a text to my friend ‘I’m listening a really good book and I hope it doesn’t let me down like every other ‘self-help book’ I think like he said reading it won’t do anyone any more harm but …

When it started to do the whole drink water, get dressed every, day play video games, and be creative... I just laughed out loud like I couldn’t believe it - such a let down. Although, he had many good justifications of these things and a great take on being medicated.

He punched down other SH books- at least other self help books give actual psychological coping mechanisms not just get dressed look good and go to the shops like all of us so EVERYday. I really think the author should have ran with what magic he started with the beginning was straight up helpful, connecting and then what an offensive ending… could have concluded on such a powerful note and advice or final thoughts not just how good the book is doing although a great story about how this game about the opening already covered it.

I want to say I’m kinda glad they cancelled Gotham for him letting me down & talking about that for like 3 whole minutes.