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What An Encinitas Writer Learned From His Father’s Suicide

Sebastian Slovin, author of the book,

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Above: Sebastian Slovin, author of the book, "Ashes in the Ocean," in an undated photo.

What An Encinitas Writer Learned From His Father’s Suicide


Sebastian Slovin, author, "Ashes in the Ocean"


Sebastian Slovin was 6 years old when his father took his own life. After his dad died, Slovin said his family avoided talking about suicide. Still, he had a lot of unanswered questions, which set him on a quest to get a better understanding of his father's death.

In his new memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean,” Slovin opens up about his experience living through and learning from his father’s suicide.

With suicide rates becoming a growing problem in the U.S., Slovin said he hopes his book raises awareness about the stigma of suicide and helps others who have struggled with the loss of a loved one by suicide. Last week, fashion icon Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain each took their own lives, leaving behind young children.

Slovin discusses Monday on Midday Edition Monday, the effects of suicide on family members.

Suicide Prevention Resources

San Diego Access & Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


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