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Don't F*cking Kill Yourself: A Memoir of Suicide, Survival, and Stories That Keep Us Alive

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In February 1996, Jeff Romig's father died by suicide. Until that moment, there was no sign that his father had been contemplating suicide. Steve Romig was always so driven. Hard-working. Successful. No sign of the inner turmoil of anxiety and depression Jeff was also feeling at 18 years old. In Don’t F*cking Kill Yourself, Jeff Romig details his own battles against anxiety, d In February 1996, Jeff Romig's father died by suicide. Until that moment, there was no sign that his father had been contemplating suicide. Steve Romig was always so driven. Hard-working. Successful. No sign of the inner turmoil of anxiety and depression Jeff was also feeling at 18 years old. In Don’t F*cking Kill Yourself, Jeff Romig details his own battles against anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation while sharing his stories about the people, passions, and experiences that have kept him alive through mental illness, divorce, alcoholism, cancer, and the legacy of his father's suicide. In Jeff’s own words, this is not a self-help book. It is a memoir in service of two potentially life-saving ideas: that we can reduce the stigma around suicidal ideation by sharing our stories and that we can push through our darkest moments of suicidal thoughts by connecting our minds with the passions, people, and experiences that define the best parts of our lives.


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In February 1996, Jeff Romig's father died by suicide. Until that moment, there was no sign that his father had been contemplating suicide. Steve Romig was always so driven. Hard-working. Successful. No sign of the inner turmoil of anxiety and depression Jeff was also feeling at 18 years old. In Don’t F*cking Kill Yourself, Jeff Romig details his own battles against anxiety, d In February 1996, Jeff Romig's father died by suicide. Until that moment, there was no sign that his father had been contemplating suicide. Steve Romig was always so driven. Hard-working. Successful. No sign of the inner turmoil of anxiety and depression Jeff was also feeling at 18 years old. In Don’t F*cking Kill Yourself, Jeff Romig details his own battles against anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation while sharing his stories about the people, passions, and experiences that have kept him alive through mental illness, divorce, alcoholism, cancer, and the legacy of his father's suicide. In Jeff’s own words, this is not a self-help book. It is a memoir in service of two potentially life-saving ideas: that we can reduce the stigma around suicidal ideation by sharing our stories and that we can push through our darkest moments of suicidal thoughts by connecting our minds with the passions, people, and experiences that define the best parts of our lives.

40 review for Don't F*cking Kill Yourself: A Memoir of Suicide, Survival, and Stories That Keep Us Alive

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Jeff Romig takes his readers on a journey through his life, starting with the shocking and tragic day of his father's death by suicide. From there we follow alongside Jeff as he recounts life experiences that have shaped him, while wrestling with his dad's final act and learning to live with his own mental health challenges. These snapshots of life are told in non-linear fashion, which allow his whole person to emerge into focus in a slow but satisfying way, akin to the process of assembling a m Jeff Romig takes his readers on a journey through his life, starting with the shocking and tragic day of his father's death by suicide. From there we follow alongside Jeff as he recounts life experiences that have shaped him, while wrestling with his dad's final act and learning to live with his own mental health challenges. These snapshots of life are told in non-linear fashion, which allow his whole person to emerge into focus in a slow but satisfying way, akin to the process of assembling a many-pieced puzzle: you start noticing particular shades of blue, say, or particular textures, and the full picture begins coming into view. In this case, some of the threads are baseball, journalism, depression and anxiety, political campaigning, and Jeff's palpable love for his maternal grandparents, Bee and Papa. Don't F*cking Kill Yourself has a fundamental and powerful through line: always choose life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    dan

    Unflinchingly raw in its exposition, while remaining accessible and uplifting throughout. The juxtaposition of dates and excerpts is well balanced, while never failing to inform a positive and consistent messaging. Romig opens his heart and doesn’t fail to hold himself accountable for his lows as well as his triumphs. All in all, a great debut with a hopeful eye towards an approach to life that resonates well beyond the scope of mental health and suicide awareness.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michele Rice Carpenter

    Suicide and politics Jeff Comic writes about his father's suicide, his own struggles, and politics. I felt that it would have been better to leave the politics out, so this book could be a memoir or self-help book. A second book could be written that includes the political side of suicide and/or mental health. I liked the inclusion of dates and events. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Suicide and politics Jeff Comic writes about his father's suicide, his own struggles, and politics. I felt that it would have been better to leave the politics out, so this book could be a memoir or self-help book. A second book could be written that includes the political side of suicide and/or mental health. I liked the inclusion of dates and events. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Not what I expected. This book. in my opinion, was more about the author's career, and politics, than suicide. Although well written, should have been called something else. Very little, about suicide or why people choose that path. To me, he had a charmed life. If he had to live mine, he would have already done it. Not what I expected. This book. in my opinion, was more about the author's career, and politics, than suicide. Although well written, should have been called something else. Very little, about suicide or why people choose that path. To me, he had a charmed life. If he had to live mine, he would have already done it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela Holstedt

    A poignant memoir about the little stories that make a life, and the people that make life worth living, even when our circumstances lead us to believe there is only one way out. A must read for those left behind by suicide, those struggling with mental illness and anxiety, or those struggling with finding your purpose.

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    HILDA LACK

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Binh Nguyen

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Shana Zucker

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    Lori Rogers

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    Micielle

  40. 5 out of 5

    EREN YEAGER MY HUSBAND IM IN LOVE WITH THAT MAN

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