Monday, 5 October 2009


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


Stuart said...

Very moving. From one mental healht nurse to another I've been there as well and you have captured the sense of the thing beautifully.

You certainly brought back some not too pleasant memories.

Excellent artwork too, by the way.



Anonymous said...

True words, facts, emotions. Thanks for expressing well in different form. Survivor for ten years, now I facilitate suicide loss support group and do endless volunteer work for suicide prevention. Joan Nye, Chair fo Montana Chapter, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Jamie said...

Daryl. This is excellent. As a 'survivor' (never heard that term before) I can relate to this. I'm really looking forward to the finished book.

Prozac said...

Am really looking forward to buying and reading this when it comes out. Can you put my on a mailing list or facebook-friend me so I can be reminded when it does?

my email is myheartismadeofgravy [at]

Andy Luke said...

I'll be buying a copy too. You're a good man and one stunning artist Daryl.

Arthur. L said...

This comic is really great. It is really affecting to read. I hope it does well when it comes out, as you seem to be sincere and conscientious in what you write.
Good luck.

ce said...



Joseph et al (1993) draw attention to the links with attribution theory, which highlight the notion that people are driven to seek explanations for various life events and circumstances. In particular there is a need to explain unusual, unwanted or unexpected events. One of the ways this can be achieved is through the apportioning of blame. Research has shown that if such causal attributions are seen as controllable and internal, then symptoms such as depression, anxiety and guilt may result (Joseph et al, 1993).


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