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Talk On:

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.). And/or be a mental health ally and take the survey to write a message of support to anyone living with a mental illness, or someone who may be struggling. 

Join us Wednesday, April 21st at 6pm EST to view all submissions of artwork, and ally statements. Maybe you will see your own! You DO NOT have to submit to Talk On to come to this event. Help us eliminate mental illness stigma by learning about mental health, and how to reduce stigma. Please click here to register: 

Talk On 2021

Create Awareness: 

Create Awareness was a collaborative effort between the College of Public Health Center for Public Policy and Health’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Use, School of Art, University Libraries, and Student Accessibility Services. Students drew inspiration from written submissions to Talk On and created pieces of art. The art was displayed on the first floor of the University Library outside of the Student Accessibility Services offices from March 2019 through April 2019 (the exhibit is now closed). 

Create Awareness was recently included in the National Museum of Mental Health Project. 

If you have questions about Create Awareness, please contact Dr. Kim Laurene or Dr. Deric Kenne at

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Talk On Submissions: 

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...
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 2:52pm
“I have been around people with mental illness (bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, depression with substance abuse) my entire life and I suspect many people are impacted by this personally and some may not even know it! I think we need to support and be understanding of people who...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:28pm
“What happened is that my dad passed away from a drug overdose. This started my depression. I've been having shyness, anxiety, and I have Aspergers, which is part of the Autism Spectrum, and it's hard for me to talk to anyone.” --Corey, Student