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. 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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    • Rating 4.64
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    • 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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  2. 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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  4. My Daughter's Tears

    in Depression Poems

    Until it affects someone we love,
    We don't even know it's there.
    It's really not our problem,
    So why should we care.

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    • Stories 21
    • Shares 950
    • Favorited 86
    • Votes 1494
    • Rating 4.50
    Featured Shared Story

    As I read this poem, I hurt with you. I feel the pain and still do that you do and could only imagine what your mother must of be going through to help you deal with it and trying to...

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  5. Just Wait For The Sun

    • By Lisa Marks
    • Published: March 2020
    Better Days Will Come

    in Hope Poems

    When everything's darkness
    And you feel so alone,
    When the rain doesn't stop
    And you can't make it home,

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    • Stories 16
    • Shares 10636
    • Favorited 107
    • Votes 1411
    • Rating 4.54
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    • Poem of the Day
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    Thank you Miss Lisa Marks for sharing your beautiful poem with us. A lot of people around the globe are slipping into depression amidst the lockdown, and the ones who were suffering from it...

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Gone Too Soon

    • By Lisa Milczarski
    • Published: July 2013
    Brother Suicide Regret Poem

    in STOP Suicide Poems

    I know you're in heaven dancing and free
    but there's so much more you should be here to see.

    So many things I never got to say

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    • Stories 7
    • Shares 838
    • Favorited 38
    • Votes 598
    • Rating 4.51
    Featured Shared Story

    My only sibling, my brother, committed suicide back in 2001. Oh, how I miss him! I am 100% disabled & for the past 5 years have been the sole caregiver for our 2 elderly parents who BOTH have...

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  11. Zach's Poem

    • By Morgan
    • Published: July 2015
    Regret About Not Stopping Friend From Committing Suicide

    in STOP Suicide Poems

    Picture

    I wish that I could talk to you,
    and beg you not to go.
    I wish I asked what you were going through,
    but now I'll never know.

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    • Stories 6
    • Shares 646
    • Favorited 38
    • Votes 253
    • Rating 4.46
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    My brother died on the 20th of August 2017. He hung himself. He had attempted to kill himself 2 times before that. This was the 3rd attempt. I miss him so much and wish I had responded to the...

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  12. What Have I Done?

    • By Kylie (Drumchick)
    • Published: September 2011
    Suicide Regret

    in STOP Teen Suicide Poems

    I lay on the floor,
    She walks through the door.
    What have I done?

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    • Stories 5
    • Shares 140
    • Favorited 36
    • Votes 315
    • Rating 4.53
    Featured Shared Story

    I am 14 years old. I was 12 when I started cutting till this day. I can say that I stopped and I've even reached out to get help, but one day in late February I tried to kill myself with an...

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