Talk On | The Center for Public Policy and Health | Kent State University

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 experiences 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.).


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

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Talk On Submissions: 

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 8:20am
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:51am
  “I have struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember. Understanding why I was struggling was one of the hardest parts, and conceptualizing the idea that it was not my fault was even harder. In the third grade, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder...
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:49am
“Hi, I was suffering from Mild depression and mood swings from my childhood but unfortunately never knew how to deal with them and where to take help in the country where I came from. When I reflect on my past experiences, thoughts, actions and emotions I was always trying to fig...
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 1:49pm
  “I do not have clinical depression or anxiety. However, there have been times where the stress of school and life have completely overwhelmed me. About once a semester I have a breakdown where I cry a lot for 2-3 days. I always know and do get past the stressful moments but in...
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:22pm
  "I have a small pamphlet style poetry book called Suicidal Poems with stories about and imagined from my mental illness struggles, namely hypomania." Forward from the pamphlet:
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:15pm
  “The Line 4/12/17 there's a line somewhere deep inside your brain that separates the neurotic from the psychotic. if you're lucky you've never seen this line you've never had to wonder which side you fell on because you of course just know you’re normal and not crazy
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"