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This chapter on suicide is different from previous chapters, as it's much more personal in tone. It's not meant to be a piece giving you facts and figures about the subject. Nor do I attempt to give any advice. Such a strip may in fact be written by me in the future, but this strip is about how the subject of suicide has touched my own life.

This is the penultimate chapter of the book. The last chapter will be a long piece detailing my own mental health struggles.

1 suicide

2 suicide

3 suicide 77

4 suicide 78

5 suicide 79

6 suicide 80

7 suicide 81

8 suicide 82

9 suicide 83

10 suicide 84

11 suicide 85

12 suicide 86

you've told me both these anecdotally, but this does not detract from the power of the strips here...

ach - I wish I could be more articulate in response.

Whew...Seriously moving.

Stark and powerful - the tale and the graphics.

great stuff as always.

from what i understand there is probably not a lot the paramedics could have done to save him. the alcohol and furosemide probably just made him dehydrated [depending on the dose and time since taken] as they are both diuretics, but i would say it was the bleech that killed him, however i am not sure the exact mechanism of bleech on internal organs besides being corrosive [which is undoubtably enough]. you probably know all this already but i thought it might be interesting to mention.

also i was wondering if i could use one of your strips on schizophrenia for a university assignment? i'm doing a paramedic degree and this would be for the psych component. all credit would be given of course.

Yes, feel free to use the strip. I'm keen on this stuff being used in education. Cheers!

The second incident is going to stick in my mind. The fatalistic calm of the first incident is what I'd, in my uninformed opinion, expect of someone truly suicidal. The second incident, it seemed almost as if the man began to deliriously regret what he had done, and tried to get back where he knew he was supposed to be to get well, but he had already done it. To kill yourself when you aren't completely used up, aren't completely sure it's the only thing you want, that's a terrible way to die, I think.

You say suicides are not common in psychiatric hospitals, I would think they would be significantly more common than in the general population at least. Do you know if suicide attempts were significantly more common? Its a very taboo subject, I don't really know what the attempted to completed suicide ratio looks like. I'd imagine there are far more unsuccessful attempts than successful ones perhaps by factors of ten or so, dieing at will not quite being an exact science. How is a person treated after a failed suicide attempt. I imagine the embarrassment must be mortifying, and the idea that you'll be scrutinized more closely to thwart any future attempt must be somehow even more disheartening than when one gathered the will to end their life in the first place.

Every time you post a new one of these I feel compelled to apply some kind of hug therapy to you, the author. Intimate acquaintance with this sort of human dysfunction must drain something from a person. Once you've kneeled on the asphalt with a dieing man, trying to do what paltry first aid you can give, getting his bodily fluids all over you, I'd imagine it would be proper courtesy to give you the rest of the day off, damn.

"it's grip crushing" should be "its grip crushing"

These are so human and raw, and without judgment of the person for the act, just a recounting of the aftermath.

You've put so much of yourself into this project, just by how you approach it.

I think you are a beautiful person.

I think you are a beautiful person.

Yes, I second this.

I admire your strength and humanity when facing encounters such as these.
Much respect.

You are an incredible artist and writer.

I love your stuff.

You've got a few punctuation errors in here. Do you want me to point them out, or should I keep my mouth shut?

Do point them out, as it all helps. Thank you.

These continue to be exceptional.

Thanks for continuing to post these. I've passed them on to some other folks (all the while reminding them that a complete book is forthcoming.) Your design and subject matter continue to compliment each other impressively.

I can't express how good I think this is.

Great job. Powerfully moving.

I am a huge grammar/writing nerd so let me put in my two cents with some things I noticed. A couple of these corrections are optional and just a matter of personal taste but I think they'd read better this way.

p 75, last panel: remove comma after "us"; also edit to read "...served as her catchment area" (I think this is what you meant anyway).
p 76, 3rd panel: remove comma after "lady".
p 78, 3rd panel: "curtain rails" (or, more properly, "curtain rods"), not "curtains rails".
p 7? (the one after 78), 2nd panel: remove comma after "up"; also remove apostrophe from "it's" in last panel.
p 81, 4th panel: insert hyphen to read "...her too-heavy life".
p 83, 3rd panel: remove commas after "doctor" and "ambulance".
p 83, 4th panel: I think this sentence would be easier to read as follows: "The doctor was reluctant to touch the patient, perhaps fearing that he'd get vomit on his suit." This one is just a personal taste thing, but either way I think it looks odd to end that sentence with a question mark.
p 84, 1st panel: I'm not sure but I think you may have meant "edema" (as in the medical term for "swelling with fluid"), not "adema".

Hope this helps. I can't wait to see this in bookstores.

Thanks for this. I'll get to it. Curtain rails is okay in the UK, by the way. It all helps.

Very powerful and moving.