Slam for Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died on Monday, August 11, 2014; the most likely cause of death is suicide. Another person’s death is always a shock to the system, but for many of us this death is particularly troubling — not only because Williams was a constant presence in our favorite movies growing up, but because of his warm nature and sense of humor. We don’t expect someone so bright and funny to commit suicide.

If you’re feeling sad or scared or any kind of way, we want to hear about it! Tell us which of Robin Williams’ roles touched your life most. Or let us know what it’s like for you or a loved one to struggle with mental illness or suicide — and how we can support someone who’s going through a lot.

Need some inspiration? Check out our action guides on: 

Mental Health and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. No matter what, don’t squash your thoughts and emotions… slam them!

And hey, if you or somebody you know needs help or is in danger, reach out:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (24/7)

National Hopeline: 800-442-4673 (24/7)

Follow us on Twitter and like PowerPoetry.org on Facebook for announcements about this scholarship. 

 

Partner Twitter: 
@powerpoetry

Submissions

WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
Grief can be similar to air.  Always there, yet it seems to be taken away from us at points. 
1 hour 54 min ago
Help me,That's all that runs through his thoughts.
2 days 12 hours ago
 
2 days 20 hours ago
I touched the knife to my skin, slightly cold. Why? Depression? Not seeing the reason.
3 days 11 hours ago
The questions pop up like fireworks Sparks flying out  I cover my face, evading them
5 days 4 hours ago