Suicide Prevention Month

Published: August 30, 2021

Poems Raising Awareness About Suicide

37 Poems Raising Awareness About Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It's a month dedicated to raising awareness about suicide and sharing hope for those affected by it. It's a month to help destigmatize this widespread and heartbreaking topic.

Often, people don't want their lives to end; they just wish the pain they're experiencing in life would end. Life can become overwhelming for people of all ages. Unfortunately, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death of people ages 10-34. 

Suicide has a far-reaching effect. When someone chooses to end his or her life, the people connected to that person are left to grieve. Many times, they also live with guilt and have questions that will never be answered. 

We hope that by shedding light on this topic through poetry, people can see that they're not alone. May we come together and help those who are hurting -- both the people experiencing suicidal thoughts and those who have lost loved ones to suicide. 

Many people have felt hopeless at some point. You are not alone. This is not a battle you have to fight by yourself. Let’s encourage one another.

If you are hurting, please reach out to someone. If you feel like you are drowning with everything happening around you and you wonder how you will go on, there are people who want to help. If you have been thinking about ending your life, we urge you to reach out. In the United States, you can contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. There is hope!

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  1. The Text

    • By Alicia Dunn
    • Published: October 2018
    The Text That Kept Me Alive

    in STOP Teen Suicide Poems

    10:30 pm
    There's a girl in the bathroom, crying in a tub
    With a razor in her hand,
    Covered in blood.

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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 23
    • Votes 75
    • Rating 4.80
    Featured Shared Story

    I really like this poem. It shows that God is always there and that he loves us and values our lives. Thank you for writing this poem. I hope it helps people that are depressed and/or...

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  2. After You're Gone

    For A Person Who Is Considering Suicide

    in STOP Teen Suicide Poems

    I want to paint a picture;
    it's a scene that you should see.
    If you decide to end your life,
    what becomes of your family?

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 58
    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 26
    • Rating 4.77
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  4. Became

    School Age Kids And Suicide

    in STOP Suicide Poems

    He was the geeky kid, carrying all of his books,
    That became a scientist who found the cure for the disease that overtook.

    She was the quiet one, who was afraid no one would listen to what she had to say,

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 66
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 36
    • Rating 4.72
  5. Just The Beginning

    in Short Poems

    one day
    it will be so clear –
    what you thought
    was the end,

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    • Shares 127
    • Favorited 17
    • Votes 75
    • Rating 4.72
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  7. If You Would Have Known

    You Left Too Soon

    in STOP Suicide Poems

    If you could have seen the devastation,
    shattered hearts you'd leave behind, 
    would you still have left this world that day?
    Would it have made you change your mind?

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    • Stories 9
    • Shares 1372
    • Favorited 51
    • Votes 388
    • Rating 4.67
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Thank you so much for sharing that with me! You are never alone! And you don't have fight life's battles by yourself. Reach out to someone, anyone! There are people ready and waiting by the...

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  8. Demons Of Darkness

    • By Olivia B
    • Published: September 2015
    Poem About Demons Inside

    in Depression Poems

    She stood on the bridge
    In silence and fear,
    For the demons of darkness
    Had driven her here.

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    • Stories 57
    • Shares 37044
    • Favorited 709
    • Votes 10369
    • Rating 4.64
    • Poem of the Week
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    This is such an inspiring poem. I am a seventh grader with depression and it is because of my loving boyfriend that I am still alive. Please, anyone who is depressed, know that there is...

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  9. Worth

    • By Joel
    • Published: September 2016
    Reaching Out For Someone To Care

    in Depression Poems

    It's hard sometimes to say exactly what I'm worth.
    Sometimes even harder dealing with the hurt.

    To feel like no one's there during all my pain.

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    • Stories 13
    • Shares 8256
    • Favorited 304
    • Votes 2097
    • Rating 4.58
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I know that my post is late, but I hope--by some miracle--you will discover it. I am much older than you, and I, too, have experienced a life that is void of human companionship. It is my...

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  10. Jim

    Suicide Of Brother

    in STOP Suicide Poems

    If I had reached out my hand,
    Would you have taken it that day?
    Could I have made you feel better?
    Could I have made you okay?

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 1331
    • Favorited 35
    • Votes 270
    • Rating 4.57
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    A year ago my best friend and boyfriend killed himself. The real ache lies beneath the fact that I probably knew what was the reason and could have prevented anything from happening had I not...

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  11. From Oppression Comes Light

    • By Erik Whitehead
    • Published: August 2015
    Finding Hope To Overcome Depression

    in Depression Poems

    Depression is oppression.
    It's a deadly hidden message
    Defined by self-hate.
    It seals its prisoner's fate.

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    • Stories 7
    • Shares 3751
    • Favorited 163
    • Votes 1462
    • Rating 4.56
    • Poem of the Week
    Featured Shared Story

    This poem is very well written and it gave me chills because of how amazing it is. I'm going through these poems in search of one to use for prose and poetry, an academic event, i take part...

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  12. Self-Harm

    in STOP Suicide Poems

    It calls me closer, it calls me near.
    "Just once and it'll be over,"
    Death whispers in my ear.
    Irresistible is its sweet entice.

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    • Stories 49
    • Shares 1538
    • Favorited 126
    • Votes 1465
    • Rating 4.56
    Featured Shared Story

    Although this poem is quite old, I just wanted to share my thoughts and feeling toward it, since I found it very touching. I'm currently 22 but have had issues with self-harm since high...

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