By: Mariam F.
I’ve always considered mental health to be an important aspect of life. However, people only focus on the effects that are visible to outsiders. Often, we only notice the issues of bad mental health when we clearly see someone struggling in front of us. We tend to ignore or forget hidden, invisible emotions and worries. The narrator in my poem has a strong need for academic validation, which ultimately worsens their mental health incredibly despite the fact that they have seemingly ordinary parents, ordinary friends, and an ordinary life. Essentially, my poem’s purpose was to demonstrate that anybody can experience a challenging mental condition, regardless of circumstance, upbringing, or age, and it can have an impact in ways that nobody notices.
3rd Place · Middle School Writing (2023)