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"Suicide Prevention": A Spoken Word #WorthyVideo Post

Hey there #worthyreaders! As you should know by now, I have been doing my Spoken Word #WorthyVideo series where I've been sharing one poem from each section of my poetry collection in the hopes of spreading some inspiration and hope during these difficult times.

It's called Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook (Revised Edition) and you can find it on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, and Scribd. The book itself is about celebrating different kinds of love, which I thought would be good right now since I think love is what's really going to help us get through this.

There are five sections:

  • You - "Pride"
  • Them - I haven't shared anything from that yet. We'll be doing that today!
  • Life - "Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two"
  • God - "Senses"
  • Me - "Self-Care"

Today I'll be reading "Suicide Prevention." I thought this one would be a good one because with everything going on - the coronavirus, COVID, staying at home, quarantine, and the impact that has on our lives - of course, it's understandable that we're going to struggle with our mental health. Of course!

As we're coping with everything and supporting one another, unfortunately, there are a few who have taken their own lives. That absolutely breaks my heart. I want to do my part in encouragement and helping build unity, support, and just this feeling of "we're going to get through this." Because we will.

And just try to be a light...

Without further ado, it's called "Suicide Prevention" from the Them section:

This is how the story goes.

She was 27 years old,

and baby was 8 months, on

the first night the father was gone.

There were voices in her head.

"Go and take your own life," they said.

Demon manifestations

of her fears for the occasion.

She heard a different voice then,

a Godlike one this time. Amen!

"What happens to your baby girl

if you take yourself from this world?"

So, just like a magician

- despite her mental condition -

for the daughter she adored,

she pulled strength where none was before.

Years passed. Baby grew. A teen.

The mom didn't know that between

smiles, her girl felt remorse,

blaming herself for the divorce.

The girl cried, "I ruin lives!"

The mom helped the girl realize,

"You save lives! Not even nine

months old," said the mom, "you saved mine." 

(Rivera, 2020)

So that concludes the five sections of my poetry collection. Hope to hear from you! Comments, likes.

Follow me on the socials @SelysRivera. You can find me on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram - yes, finally! - and Twitter.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, please know there are resources out there:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line, Text HOME to 741741
  • Local Authorities, 911 (USA)*
    • * If you feel comfortable. The local hospital is another option.
Thanks for sharing this time with me. Stay strong! We'll get through this. 

Stay worthy!

Rivera, S. (2020). Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook (Revised Edition). Worth a Read Too, LLC.