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Thank you to those who have submitted to Talk On! We have started to post submissions but still have many more to post. Please continue to visit this website to read new submissions. You can still submit your own submissions to Talk On. 

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Talk On is an initiative to stop mental illness stigma by having KSU students, faculty, and staff share their personal experiences (through story, song lyrics, poetry, drawings, and/or photos) with mental illness.

There are many reasons to share personal experience with mental illness (to show others they are not alone, to encourage others to seek help, to show that recovery is possible, to give yourself a way to express your feelings, etc.).

To be part of this initiative, submit your experience

Submissions could be anything from, “My name is Kim, and I have anxiety,” to personal experience with mental illness, to a drawing reflecting mental illness, etc. You can include your name and photo, or just your name, or you can post anonymously.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Deric Kenne at dkenne

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Talk On Submissions: 

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:18pm
  “I spent a week in a psychiatric facility for attempting suicide. But at the same time I was thriving in my job, keeping up my grades, and continuing my relationships. My mental health issues were just a part of my life that needed extra care, it did/does not define me as a pe...
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:17pm
  “My parents got divorced when I was 13, and I decided to move with my mom. At the age of 14 I ran away from home and lived with an ex. My mom worked a night job and would stop coming home in the mornings. Our fridge was never full, and I remember there being just a lemon, an o...
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:14pm
  “On paper, my brain looks like someone let the Very Hungry Caterpillar off his leash. On paper my colors are unusual, rare blooms in an untouched jungle, the kind that smell like corpses I push ten-letter words into my mouth with my fingers, so far back that I trigger my gag...
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:12pm
  “Most days, waking up is the hardest But it is also when Poetry arrives Stands patiently outside the shower, Places its hand on the mirror Wipes away the steam"
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:10pm
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:50pm
“At the young age of 5 I was molested. In 7th grade a boy on the school bus put his hands down my shirt and pants. I started self harming when I was 14, when I turned 16 my depression hit its peak. I attempted suicide. In that moment I wanted to speak to no one. I didn’t want to...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:49pm
    "It's just one beer, what's the big deal?" "Haha, that's a good one! Wait, you seriously don't drink?" "You? No way! You can't seriously be an alcoholic." "Want a drink? Oh, sorry I forgot."
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:47pm
    “Do you feel trapped by feelings of guilt? Do they seem to suffocate and sabotage your life? Me too. Do you feel powerless, unable to control yourself? Me too. Do you hate the darkness and wonder if there’s hope to be found? Me too. And I’ve got good news to share--news of fr...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:45pm
    “Wounded and wilted roses need empowering hydration through sunlight, fresh air, and love. But, not just any love; roses like me need self love.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 3:30pm
“I am here to tell people that I am an advocate and want to fight stigma. I am also a person with bipolar disorder. I come from a generation when people were afraid to speak and from a family that didn't want others to know that we have a history of genetic differences with our b...