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I STAND WITH YOU

By Sharon M. Young-Maliszewski

You stand alone or so you think

Never with another at your side

The tears fall with every blink

Wondering why it is you

Reaching out to one that will listen

Never realizing they truly understand

Bearing your soul with every word

Slowly, the hand reaches out

You are never alone

As I stand with you

Sharon has suffered from clinical depression in the past, though she is healthy today. She lost her youngest brother, Dennis, to suicide on 16 June 2001. He suffered from depression and tried to end his life many times. He always called Sharon when he was suicidal, but the night he completed his suicide was the first time in 13 years that he did not. Sharon knows inside that his suffering is over and he is safe. She feels that education is the key to beating the stigma associated with mental illness, and that we have to share our stories so we can help others.

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DEPRESSION IS A UNIVERSE

By Lakisha Armstrong

Depression is a universe

With no escape

No sun, no moon, no stars

Clouds pregnant with tear drops

I feel them closing in

Closing my eyes, I cross my arms

Across my chest

And fall back on my bed of nails

Lakisha Armstrong (not her real name) is a poet from Long Island. She suffers from clinical depression and anxiety disorders. She’s unsure of whether her poems are any good; what she is sure of is that they provide her immense relief.

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UNFINISHED PAINTING: THE STORMY SEAS

by Anonymous

The Stormy Seas is an unfinished painting that the artist started right before spiraling into a suicidal clinical depression and being committed to a residential psychiatric facility. Upon release, she decided not to complete it.

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