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Marty's Haiku - 17. The Final Cut

Chapter Warning:

This piece of haiku hints at suicide. Read at your own discretion.

Unbearable pain...
But a shiny new razor
Brings unending peace.

Fortunately, suicide is something I have never contemplated in my life. It is a serious step for anybody to consider and, please, if anybody reading this is considering it, find someone to talk to. :hug:

Some support services have been added below in the comments. Feel free to add any for your own country.

© Martin Cooke

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46 minutes ago, 84Mags said:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (United States) 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Can also text the Crisis Text Line by sending text:   HELLO to 741741            Deaf or hard of hearing TTY 1-800-799-4889    
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255   Text: 838255

Thanks, @84Mags. :hug:

I was thinking of adding a list of crisis helplines but, living in Ireland, I wasn't too certain how relevant the ones I know of might be for the majority of GA readers.

However, here's a list of some of the services available in Ireland:

I would also welcome, and encourage, readers in other parts of the world to add lists of support agencies and contact numbers for their own countries.

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Just now, Headstall said:

I can't say I liked this haiku, but I understand suicide is not something we can hide under a rug. You are shining a spotlight on an ongoing crisis, and I appreciate the value of such as these. 

Thanks, Gary. :hug:

I thought hard and long about publishing this piece, and nearly decided against doing so. It has been sitting in my list of completed haikus for a good while now. But, as you so rightly say, it is not something that should be hidden under a rug. 

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1 hour ago, Marty said:

I thought hard and long about publishing this piece, and nearly decided against doing so. It has been sitting in my list of completed haikus for a good while now. But, as you so rightly say, it is not something that should be hidden under a rug. 

I'm glad you decided to publish it. :hug:    Mental health issues have been stigmatized for so long, they need to be brought out into the spotlight.  People need to realize there's nothing wrong for asking for help when they need it.  Thank you for posting this.  :hug: 

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2 minutes ago, Valkyrie said:

I'm glad you decided to publish it. :hug:    Mental health issues have been stigmatized for so long, they need to be brought out into the spotlight.  People need to realize there's nothing wrong for asking for help when they need it.  Thank you for posting this.  :hug: 

Thanks, Val. :hug:

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12 minutes ago, Valkyrie said:

I'm glad you decided to publish it. :hug:    Mental health issues have been stigmatized for so long, they need to be brought out into the spotlight.  People need to realize there's nothing wrong for asking for help when they need it.  Thank you for posting this.  :hug: 

I agree! ❤️

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5 minutes ago, chris191070 said:

I'm glad you published this.

Thanks, Chris. That means a lot to me. :)

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You can't deal with things by not talking about them. This is an eye-catching first few lines.

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21 minutes ago, Geron Kees said:

You can't deal with things by not talking about them. This is an eye-catching first few lines.

True, Geron.

Sadly, the problem some people have is not feeling able to talk; or not believing anyone will understand or be able to help. The mind can lead people into some very dark and scary places at times. :/ 

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