Sunday, October 20, 2013

REAL LIFE HEROES: Writer Matt Fraction Tackles Fan's Thoughts Of Suicide

Writer Matt Fraction has a way with words. He was part of the amazing creative team that lit up the much missed Immortal Iron Fist series and he's currently hitting the bullseye every month on Hawkeye.

However when a fan recently wrote to the superstar about their overwhelming depression and resulting suicidal thoughts, Matt's words didn't come from his imagination, but from his own personal experiences and heart.

As a former councillor who used to provide such support to people as a 'job', I dig that Matt starts his response by urging the fan to seek professional help. He then follows up by outlining his own somewhat similar experience on Thanksgiving, and how something many of us can relate to, helped pull him through. Just one snippet; 

"And because you asked me I am answering you because i know, motherfucker, i know, i know, i know the hole you are fucking in because I was there myself. And if you look hard you can still see my writing on those walls and if you stare long enough i swear to god it’s pointing to up"

It's a powerful piece of brutally honest and candid internet. Personal. Emotive. And God I hope it got through.

Read the plea and the response in full, after the jump.

3 comments:

  1. Its certainly very emotive, that's true. How unfortunate tho that this poor individual seemingly had no-one to confide in, and had to contact Fraction.
    Fraction comes in for a lot of criticism on the FF forum I inhabit, and this topic has been discussed there too [some say he shouldn't have replied to an obviously disturbed person] but I say well done to him. Poor fellow needed good advice, and he supplied it.

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  2. Wow...just wow. I think we've all been there from time to time, and anyone that says differently is lying to themselves and people. I've been, there, I'm sure you have as wel Dan, we all have. Mr. Fraction makes some good points about finding something, anything, that will give you hope or a chance to change your mind, even if it's for a day.

    Never underestimate the human spirit or how much one single person can make all the difference in someone's life. Sometimes all it takes is just one person.

    I appreciate Mr.Fraction not only responding and not judging, but also sharing his own dark experience in an attempt to show there are alternatives.

    Hopefully this person really read and heeded those words, and mae steps to change things around, even if a little bit.

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  3. Thanks for the comments guys! Karl, not acknowledging a plea like this is the absolute worst thing he could have done. Ignoring someone who already feels beneath notice to the biggest degree is not advised, so I'm completely with you that Fraction made the right call.

    Better than that he consistently but not forcefully suggests professional help and I really feel the response couldn't be handled any better. I'd say there are people around this person, but what made Fraction ideal is a) he's completely unbiased as he doesn't know the depressed person, and b) we all seem to think writers know how to get out of any situation, because they endlessly show us that monthly.

    I sure have Dale, and like you say mr someone way out in left field or something really small can be all the difference. Depression is the unsung illness of the new era, and it's worst attribute is it isolates you as it affects you, reaching out in any way and breaking that barrier is a hard act and one that is to be commended.

    Reading the fans Tumblr, it sounds as though they have definitely been given food for thought, yet annoyingly people who have read the story have also apparently contacted him not just in affirmative ways, but encouraging him to take negative action. How can strangers promote such to another human? That really is evil in ways no Dr Doom or Red Skull ever could be.

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