My mental health is taking a dive.
Everything I do is just me
trying to stay alive.
Like a lottery, I spin the
rainbow wheel of medication
and sit in hours of silent meditation.
I partake of nature walks
and friendship talks
to avoid the black hole of isolation
and gather some consolation.
I share openly with my therapist,
a life-line in this heavy mist.
Once I survive the changing tide
I’ll come out the other side
stronger, they say, with more perspective
a sense of belonging within the collective
because pain is the great equalizer
making hearts grow warmer and wiser.
I don’t know if I truly believe this.
Honestly, I’d rather be happy and oblivious.
This poem was published on World Suicide Prevention Day. Here are some resources to help keep everyone alive. Help and hope are out there.
Mental Health Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — U.S. (24/7)
Call or text 988
Crisis Text Line (24/7)
Samaritans Suicide Prevention Lifeline — UK & Ireland
Call 116 123
Veterans Crisis Line
1–800–273–8255 (press 1) or text 838255
1–866–488–7386 (24/7 for LGBTQ+ youth)
Substance Use Disorder Treatment
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
1–800–950–6264 (10am–6 pm ET)
The Stability Network