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A Poem About Finding a Reason to Hope

In ‘Don’t Kill Yourself Today,’ Poet Hanna Dains shares a beautiful argument for keeping going even when keeping going is the absolute most you can do. This is about giving yourself just one more day Even if it takes 10000 of those ‘one more mornings’ before you get to ‘I can’t wait for tomorrow’ This […]

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Even the End of the World Is a Chance for Connection in This Poem

“I’ve been hearing the world is ending,” begins Neil Hilborn’s ‘This is Not the End of the World.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking he’s talking about our current political climate, but this is a poem that he’s been performing since at least 2013. This poem isn’t about politics — it’s about mental health issues and […]

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This Poem Captures The Challenge of Explaining Our Mental Health Issues

Sabrina Benaim’s “Explaining Depression to My Mother” is a powerful piece about trying to explain something as big as mental illness to someone who doesn’t understand. Mom says, “Where did anxiety come from?” Anxiety is the cousin visiting from out-of-town depression felt obligated to bring to the party. Mom, I am the party. Only I […]

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Love and Anxiety Make a Great Ghost Story

Poet Brenna Twohy performs Anxiety: A Ghost Story at 2015’s National Poetry Slam. It’s a poem about Goosebumps, horror stories, haunted houses, and the dangers and joys of love that’s accompanied by anxiety. You can find more of Twohy’s work over at Button Poetry.

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Let This Devastating Poem About Depression Take Your Breath Away

Poet Sarah Ogutu performed “After the Storm” at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. “Depression was the storm, but my name was the home my family gave me to survive it.”   You can find more or Sarah Ogutu’s work on Button Poetry.

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