Teen Mental Illness Poems

Poems about Mental Illness by Teenagers

We live in a world where many illnesses that society once considered shameful are now openly discussed and accepted. Unfortunately, mental illness seems to still carry a certain stigma, a stigma that prevents many sufferers from seeking out help. Sufferers are completely powerless over their illness, yet many people try to make them feel guilty for having it, as if it were a choice. The result is often family problems and loss of friendship. We must remember, people suffering from mental illness need to feel accepted and loved more than anything. It is up to each and every one of us to stop the stigma.

Poetry about the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Poem About Almost Losing Everything
  • By Pete Sciarrino
Restless Nights

I'm breaking
I can't be fixed
I'm missing
But I won't be missed

Still shaking
From what I fear
I can't let you in
So don't come near

I guess you're right
I'm way too thin
And I'm fighting a battle
That I'll never win

I have so many flaws
I don't know where to start
From my fucked up hair
To my fucked up heart

So what's the point
To continue to fight?
When my restless days
Turn into restless nights

This life hasn't been fair
I can finally tell
That nobody cares
And it hurts like hell

I still don't understand
What was God's cause?
Why did He put me on earth
With all of my flaws?

Was I born just to die?
Am I part of a plan?
Made to finally see
That I won't die an old man.

I don't know how to live
I have nothing to gain
And all I want from you
Is to end all my pain

I'm losing sight
Of what I've already seen
I'm losing my grip
And I'm barely seventeen


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