It's been many years since I created A Sad and I'm honored and humbled by the stories folks have shared with me about this comic. I love that it's been used as a tool for folks to express their emotional needs. I love that folks can pull this out and say this! This is how I want to be treated when I have a sad. I treasure all the stories I've heard and it's so amazing to think of the secret life the Things have out in the world.
It's nice to have these reminders that sometimes just being present is enough. Asking what a person needs is often better than diving in with a solution. It's such an easy habit to fall into, and I need a reminder from my own comics sometimes. Thank you for visiting Thingswithout, I'm so grateful the Things and all their friends came into my life, they certainly help me when I have a sad.
I hope you enjoy your stay, here are a few I'm particularly fond of:
- A three page episode about resilience and recovery after breaking. Starting with Pop!
- Stories featuring Boot. Boot has been through a lot, but still keeps caring. Some Dietary Thoughts from Boot is one of my many favorites.
- Bunson Hoppydew is a wonderful little boy bunny who loves dancing, friendship and cake. His lifestyle advice is sometimes a little peculiar, but always brings a smile to my face.
If you have any favorites, I'd love to hear them in the comments.
FYI, comments for most comics get closed after a few weeks (sometimes a month or two, I'm not always good at remembering, but forgetting to close comments is a way to tell google you're lame if there's no activity!), but I'll keep comments open on this one. Though if you want to license thingswithout art etc, please e-mail me, rather than use the comments section!
A Sad Support
Checkpoint (a non-profit providing mental health resources for gamers) has a great looking list of resources and helplines around the globe. It's better to reach out for help than suffer alone. I also love how Checkpoint's mental health guides (handy for anyone, not just gamers) come with fun monster illustrations and the writing is so down to earth and approachable. The Depression monster looks so cute and is a grumpy jerk!
Lifeline 13 11 14, is a fantastic general support line in Australia. The Creator of the Things called them once because she had a really rough day at work (police stations were involved, and she held someone's hand while they were brave). It felt a bit silly to call, she wasn't in massive crisis, but she reminded herself they said nothing to small and not to self censor yourself out of accessing support. It was nice to be able to talk through some stuff in a confidential anonymous way that respected the privacy of the person she had helped. Calling definitely pushed her comfort zone, but it was also really empowering. She went and got the help that felt best for her needs, not the oughts society tells you (especially the you ought to just deal with it).
The Australian Institute of Family Studies maintains a much larger list of help lines for specific issues and specific regions.
We Need to Talk About Mental Health talks about stuff that's much bigger than sadness. But is a handy resource in these complex and crazy making (literally crazy making) time. I hope it helps folks navigate some of the bigger issues and have a resource to share to make certain conversations easier.
What are your favorite resources for folks when they are sad? I'd love to hear in the comments.
Do you know about Patreon? It's a place where everyday folks can become patrons of the arts. One of your favorite artists might be there right now, creating exclusive content and supported by a community of patrons. The Patreon that supports the Things is https://www.patreon.com/lizargall
Thing 2: I have a sad
Thing 1: Are you looking for solutions or comfort?
Thing 2: I would like to be angry, then sad, then comforted, then adventure for solutions, then giggles
Thing 1: Let’s start!
Thing 2: Raar