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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 - 6:56pm
“You are not alone. Have faith. Surround yourself with people who make you happy. You are stronger than you believe yourself to be. I am strong. You are strong. We are strong.” --MS, Student
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:54pm
“I experienced such crushing grief that I didn't know if my life would ever be the same. Talking to friends, medication, and finding ways to make others feel better helped me. It took a long time and it was one of the hardest things I've had to do, but my grief eventually subside...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:38pm
“Driven. Efficient. Some words used to describe me. I deny it, feeling weak.  My perfectionism is daunting. It rears its head every time I do anything. Not good enough. Not fast enough. Not perfect enough...Not...enough.
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 4:12pm
“Help and support can come in many forms. A simple conversation, a simple cup of coffee, or even a smile. These simple things can lead to longer conversations, better ways of helping and more meaningful support. Just keep in mind that sometimes well meaning people may not know ho...
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 4:01pm
“I grew up in an abusive and dysfunctional family of people who believed that the only help or therapy needed was keeping feelings and traumas in the family. It was so challenging and discouraging to seek help at first. Once I realized my sadness was hurting me physically to the...