PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter
Warning: disturbing subject matter that may be triggering for some.
Similar to a rotting tooth’s deep, throbbing pain and no dentist available for a month, George used whiskey to numb his deep, throbbing depression.
Upon leaving, Patti’s eviscerating, “I want a real man.” echoed through his skull no matter how loud he turned up the music.
His therapist made him repeat the mantra at the end of every session:
–Hurt people hurt people.
–Do one kind act each day.
–Remember those who have loved you.
At the roof’s ledge, mantra absorbed, his hurt commanded. Death was a kindness. He would soon be hugging his grandmother.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 1-800-273-8255. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
A world wide listing of Global Suicide Hotline Resources is found here.
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