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Suicide Isn't Funny by ArchaicMosaic Suicide Isn't Funny by ArchaicMosaic
EDIT: Changed it from mature content after a poll on my profile. If you have a problem with this, send me a message and we can discuss it further!

So I work in mental health. I have two jobs for the same organisation, and in one I mentor people one-on-one and help them to achieve their personal goals, and in the other I help to supervise a community centre. In both jobs I have had to do suicide interventions on a number of occasions, and I often deal with very vulnerable people. However I've caught myself doing this thing which really is in very poor taste. I've started miming committing suicide as a joke whenever I try to laugh off something bad or difficult (e.g. I have to study for this exam *bang* hahahaha). It's kind of bad...especially now I seem to have branched out into lots of methods - miming wrist-slicing, hanging, and of course - shooting myself in the head. The only consolation is that my best friend works in a family law firm and deals with custody cases and child sex abuse cases all the time - which she's also started joking about Maybe we need new jobs.

Anyway, after this pose came to me - me remorselessly miming shooting myself in the head - I decided to use this concept as an excuse for a whole bunch of practice. Practising poses, anatomy, digital art, messing around with Hari's character design, nekkid anthros...many practise. Also, this is how I would love to have my hair, if I didn't have to look respectable for job interviews. My backgrounds are still about as basic as you can get.

Another time!
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Funny how the title is serious while the otter isn't. I can't help but think of where the person must be spending eternity whenever I hear they commited suicide. One's life shouldn't be wasted, there's always a better tomorrow if you're looking for it, and the second death is something that one wouldn't want to experience, at all, and things in ones' spiritual life are something most people overlook.

It breaks my heart to hear whenever someone commits suicide. I once had suicidal thoughts, but I don't ever think I'd be allowed to go through with it. I hope you get better, people often joke to prevent bad things from coming, I'm a little worried about you.
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ArchaicMosaic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks for the interesting comment!

Mmm, suicide is something that was talked about a lot with me in 2011 and 2012 because I was working in mental health, and had contact with a lot of people suffering illnesses like depression, bi-polar and borderline personality disorder - all of which often involved suicide ideation. I was also living with someone who was suicidal off and on, and it was quite stressful - particularly when I was called upon to do a few interventions.

I think for me, suicide isn't so much a moral issue. I'm not especially religious, and I find the idea of hell and heaven and anything in between a little hard to believe in, and I struggle to understand how someone who is so desperate and so ill that the only solution they can contemplate is taking their own life could then be "punished" further than they already have been by being sent to purgatory.

I mean, when I have had clients who have been sexually abused as children, who have psychologically abusive partners and families, who suffer from unbelievably complex mental illness and both mental and physical disabilities and who have degenerative, incurable diseases that are impeding their lives more and more every day. I had one client who had ALL of those problems. ALL of them.

 

I'm very sorry to hear that you had suicide ideation, but I'm very glad to hear that you have recovered.  I found it kind of interesting that you say that you "don't ever thinl [you'd] be allowed to go through with it". I don't think anyone would be "allowed" to go through with suicide. I don't think they're asking permission. The people who do ask for permission, e.g. voluntary euthanasia cases for very very ill patients aren't allowed to do so, let alone your average, everyday suicidal person. I think that people who are truly suicidal, and who do not have the desire or the ability to seek adequate assistance, will find away, "allowed" to or not.

Anyway, finally - I'm absolutely fine, but thank you for the concern. As the description says, it was just about me making inappropriate "suicide" jokes all the time as a way for me to cope with difficult things that I had to experience every day at work. Sometimes humour is the only way to cope with things that otherwise really are quite serious. I, personally, am not suicidal, and the only bad things I would have been preventing is myself getting too down about having to deal with really heavy issues every day as my job.

Thanks so much for commenting, hope you liked the art!

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OrchidRex Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Fascinating story. O__o I've noticed that a lot of people I know who work in dark places have a dark sense of humor to go with it. I'm going into veterinary medicine, and almost everyone in this program likes to fling around disgusting jokes sometimes. I kinda think that the ones who don't joke or react badly to jokes - that is, the squeamish ones - might have a harder time when they're actually out there dealing with carnage, poisoning, surgical accidents, etc. Or maybe not. But I believe humor is healthy.
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ArchaicMosaic Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey congratulations on getting into vet science! Ya, I think that it's important to have a sense of humour about things. Haha, luckily animals don't tend to take things too personally :D
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OrchidRex Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Aw, it's just veterinary technician study, not full medical school for being a veterinarian. I don't have the time or money for that much schooling. But thank you! ^__^
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Humor is a defense mechanism. The people with the most macabre and morbid sense of humor often work in jobs that brush the closest to death and human mortality. Soldiers, doctors, and others have to deal with the stress, and come to grips with the ugly nature of death, pain, and injury.

If you don't learn to joke about it at least in part, you may find yourself slipping into depression. You have to cope. If you deny yourself humor, your mind will find another outlet for the stress. And it may not be a healthy one.
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ArchaicMosaic Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the comment. Ya, sometimes I guess you have to laugh - particularly because I find in my job that there are always going to be people that, no matter how hard I try, I just can't help. Thanks again :)
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
You're welcome. ^.^ Glad I could help.
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yugijak Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, interesting story.

Perhaps you could use this to your advantage. Humor is often a great tool. The trick is in the approach.
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ArchaicMosaic Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya, I think as long as I don't make suicide jokes in front of my clients I should be in the clear - right??
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