‘By Their Own Hand: what is suicide?’ by Tom Verberne, clinical psychologist, has been written for professionals who wish to understand this phenomena. Selling for $ 4.99, his book is an accessible read for anyone interested in the topic. I wanted to make this short film about Tom and his ebook so that people could experience this knowledgable, delightful, thoughtful, humble octogenarian first hand. For this reason, my short film is available for download free.
“By their own Hand’ is an e-book about the latest research into suicide. In this short dvd Meredith Fuller, counselling psychologist, interview Tom Verberne, clinical psychologist, about his research and highlights of his ebook. Tom explains the statistics that have befuddled the issue, and clearly defines what suicide is, and isn’t. His extensive research is backed by his empirical work in many settings, making this ebook a comprehensive, fact driven expose. Tom is 87, and brings great practitioner wisdom to the topic.
Fascinating facts include the difference between suicide and parasuicide. Suicides are undertaken by more males than females. Can suicide be considered a mental illness? It has been a privilege to make this film to accompany Tom’s ebook, published 2013.
An additional long dvd is available about Tom. His career spans over 50 years, and he has worked with Melbourne’s luminaries. Tom has been a pioneer in many treatments, and has had a great impact on our profession.