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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 9, 2018 - 7:27pm
“It was my sophomore year in college when it began. Sitting in a classroom, riding on a bus, being in a movie theater, eating at a restaurant---all became anxiety triggers. It was a sense of being “trapped” in a place that caused me to be so anxious.  I would get an overwhelming...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:25pm
“I have witnessed members of my immediate family treated like second-class citizens time and time again as a result of their battle with addiction and mental illness. The mere mention of being in a recovery program or being prescribed antipsychotic medication often elicits eye-ro...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:18pm
“Last november I was at a conference in Arizona And I saw a man speak One of the best neurosurgeons in the world A leading scientist at the mayo clinic He's saved hundreds of lives He immigrated from mexico, illegally at first Ended up at harvard medical school They're making a m...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:13pm
“For a few years, I was in a dark place in my life. I struggled with anxiety and depression. There were nights where I wanted to completely give up and stop breathing. With an amazing support system of my family and friends, my days were getting better. The best decision I made d...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:11pm
“From age 11-15, I felt beyond hopeless. Multiple suicide attempts, anxiety ,and an eating disorder, I thought I was far too gone. I didn’t believe when I always heard life gets better, I couldn’t understand why people loved life. Finally, I learned to make my life into the way I...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:08pm
"If I go quiet for a moment, I assure you that I am listening. If there's a sudden distance in my eyes, I promise I'm still interested. If I seem far away, Please don't mistaken me for impolite or aloof. If I go quiet for a moment, It's because I'm silently managing". - @anxietys...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:05pm
"Good enough" - a phrase Imposing a standard of our own creation A dark, most sinister invitation for our minds To spin endlessly, Conceiving a million ways we fall short; A million ways to fix it. And when you're inevitably Whittled to nothing, The result of carving your soul...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:02pm
“She stands alone within the moonlit yard. Her shadow faintly sprawls across the grass. The stone memorial and she are scarred. Grazed by the wind, her eyes resemble glass. Slowly, the stars so bright begin to fade. The sun arrives; dewdrops evaporate. The light reveals the truth...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:57pm
“I have struggled with depression for 25 years.  I have been on nearly every medication you’ve ever heard of.  I was hospitalized 3 times for depression. I have been where you are.  I know what you’re going through. It hurts and it’s hard, but you can get better. I’ve been doing...