Catharsis #suicide prevention

Sometimes being around people is the last thing I need when I am feeling suicidal or even just mildly depressed. In these times, I often turn to art for catharsis. Here are some of my favorites:

Resume is from Parker’s 1926 book Enough Rope.

1. “Resume” by Dorothy Parker

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.

Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smell awful;
You might as well live.

I first encountered this poem in college when I was going through a particularly extended bout of depression. By that time, I’d analyzed all kinds of ways to commit suicide. I still do in dark moments. But I remember this poem, and with it recall that life is absurd, satire can be cleansing, and it is often better to laugh than to cry. Parker attempted suicide at least three times. She wrote this poem during an extended period of depression.

2. “I Don’t Want to Go” by Shannon Stephens

I have never come across a song that so perfectly captures in words and sounds how I feel when depression drags me down. The opening lines are perfect:

I don’t want to exercise tonight;
I just want to sit in the bath and cry.
I just want to put my gray socks on.
I just want to lie as still as a stone.

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8 thoughts on “Catharsis #suicide prevention

  1. Music was what I always went to when I was growing up and having what my mom called “growing pains”. Those times in your teen years when the world hates you and would be better without you in it. I would hang out in my room and listen to my 8-tracks (yeah, I’m that old!). Mom would listen in and if she thought the music was too dark or depressing then she’d come in and check me out.


  2. The best thing to take me away from my troubles is disappearing into books. Of course, I’ve been known to share in the troubles of characters I’m reading if it’s litfic (they have the stickiest emotions), so it’s definitely best for me to go into romance or action-packed thrillers or mysteries. I’m glad you’ve found things that help you through the hard times.


  3. When I was in college I made a mix tape I called “for those moments.” It was full of emotional songs that I would listen to when I was feeling depressed.

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  4. When I was feeling up to it I would turn to books or music, sometimes both at the same time. There have been plenty of times I just want to lay there (and hope my troubles went away on it’s own) or just go to sleep so I wouldn’t be so troubled by what was bothering me.


  5. I usually like to turn t books or music, sometimes both at the same time as an escape from my troubles. When that doesn’t help I just lay there and hope all my troubles will go away on it’s own or go to sleep.


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