Sample Interview Questions

Eric Marcus can answer a full range of questions about suicide, suicide prevention, and coping with the suicide of a loved one.  And he is glad to respond to questions about his personal experiences regarding the suicides of both his father and his sister-in-law.

Suggested questions follow below:

Suicide Myths and Facts

• Are teenagers or the elderly at greater risk of taking their lives?

• Can you tell if someone is suicidal?  Can a suicide be prevented?

• Who attempts suicide more often, men or women?

• Are the surviving children of a parent who kills herself at greater risk of suicide?

• Is it true that suicide rates are higher in Scandinavian countries?


Coping with the Suicide of a Friend, Colleague, or Family Member

• Can you ever figure out why someone killed himself?

• How do people react to the suicide of a loved one?

• Why do people keep it a secret?  Why are people afraid to talk about it?

• What do you say to a person who has lost someone to suicide?

• How do you explain a suicide to a child?  Isn’t it better to hide the truth from a child?

About The Book

• Why did you write Why Suicide?

• Who is the book for?

• What did you learn while working on the book?

• What’s different about this newly revised and updated edition?

• What do you hope readers will take away from your book?

About Eric Marcus and His Experience with Suicide

• How did you find out that your father killed himself?

• Is it easy for you to talk about the nature of your father’s death?

• Why did your sister-in-law kill herself?  How did you react?

• Did writing Why Suicide? help you deal with what happened to your loved ones?

• Have you had any other family experiences with suicide?