By: Amelia S.
This poem was inspired by my own mental health journey. There is an age-old stigma around mental health; this idea that conversations should be hushed and hidden behind closed doors. I wholeheartedly disagree. Willingly sharing your struggles about pain, anxiety, depression, or anything of the sort takes strength. I wanted to tell the story of how I shared the highs and lows with someone else who was going through something similar. Each day, I found myself fighting not only against my mind but against societal pressure to either stay quiet or romanticize my pain. It would have been so hard to go through that alone, and I’m so grateful that I didn’t have to. I wrote this in order to encourage others to share their journey with someone who will listen, and to encourage resilience in the healing process.
1st · High School Writing (2021)