I've been asked a few times lately 'what's your book about?'
The best way I can explain it is right here, which includes the blurb which will be on the the back cover.
Please refrain from offering criticism at least until you've read the book.
I should also point out that I don't claim to be an expert in anything at all and if I were to subscribe to what society deems acceptable I am uneducated. I have no qualifications from my school days whatsoever, I failed everything.
I've long believed that when it comes to suicide, too much emphasis is on the mind illness side of things and the encouraging of people to seek help from medical professionals who are more than happy to feed them meals of mind altering drugs, which I appreciate can work for many but when it becomes the 'first option' I believe we're on a slippery slope to chaos.
Especially so when we're talking about medicating children (the future)
I believe the number of suicides each year will increase or retain a similar level for the foreseeable future before a noticeable trend of decreasing numbers starts to occur, if the numbers ever decrease at all.
Until children can be taught different ways of coping with all the crap life will throw at them instead of being wrapped in cotton wool and ill equipped to cope emotionally with setbacks that should be easily overcome, nothing will change.
Forget about logarithms, Pythagoras theorem, religious studies and much more of the crap kids are forced to swallow. They can choose this stuff later if they want to.
Teach them some emotional intelligence.
Surely an emotionally stable, well balanced kid will be a much more successful adult than a medicated zombie who became that way because they couldn't concentrate on lessons that don't matter.
Adults also need to realise and appreciate what's actually important. It's not a game of rugby, a yacht race, a box of beer or a bag of dope. It's not how much alcohol a man can drink or who he can smash over in a fight that matters.
What really matters are other human beings.
Everywhere I look I see broken families full of venom and hate for one another and people treading all over other people to get what they want. Human beings have become so selfish that society itself is a shambles and many people just can't cope with it any more and choose to exit.
There's far too much entitlement in the world. Politicians constantly lie to us because all they are really doing is what's best for themselves using our money. We are bombarded from every angle with global 'news' which is little more than stories about how much human beings hate other human beings.
Until human beings can be united, nothing will ever change.
Back cover blurb:
‘I believe we need to quit the approach in which we quietly come in through the frilly pink curtains and talk about suicide carefully so as not to cause upset or offend anyone.
‘I’m saying we should fire up the bulldozer, smash it through the wall and start yelling:
‘“Let’s talk about suicide and how much it sucks.”’
This book is the story of the tragic death by suicide of Paul Lynch’s brother Brett and the devastating effect it had on his family. It is also a powerful plea for us to face up to suicide as an issue and acknowledge that the way we’re dealing with it at the moment isn’t working.
‘If my story can prevent a person, or people, from leaving their family and friends to deal with the aftermath of their suicide and all that goes with it,’ says Paul Lynch,’ then I will consider that to be a success.’
‘Paul has a way of putting you in someone else’s shoes with his writing, very mind opening.’
‘A no-holds-barred account of the true effects of suicide.” David, Tauranga