My name is Emmaline McDermott and I am from Wilmington, DE. If you are not familiar with where that is, it is very close to Philadelphia, PA. I am currently a 7th grade student at HB du Pont Middle School. I am going to turn 13 soon and I have loved writing ever since I was young, especially poetry. I usually write poems for fun but sometimes I have to write them in school. For example, this poem was actually inspired by Project Soapbox, an assignment I had to create in my social studies class this year. Project Soapbox empowers students to find an issue they are passionate about fixing in their communities. Suicide not only hits home for me but it's an epidemic that needs to be addressed. "700,000 people die each year due to suicide" according to the World Health Organization. I feel like my poem can help others find solace and reassurance that their are other people who are facing mental health issues. I also think bringing more attention to this topic can enable people to be more empathetic of others and help find solutions to solve this major issue. I hope you enjoy!
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Everyday people die, Which in turn makes others cry Leaving those they love behind For they feel alone inside All emotions go away But sadness books a long-term stay Nearly 800,000 people die each year This should cause us major fear Children take their lives away Leaving families torn Red, White, and Blue Our Country needs to get a clue And stop letting lives go Instead, we need to be the hand reaching out To pull them out of hard times Imagine Where every day people die because they feel so inadequate They feel sad and alone, Your family, friends, and teachers Neighbors Politicians, Local Preachers Feel pain so bad that they take their own lives Because they were deprived Of the help they needed Kids feeling sad and alone Even when people are home I was that kid, and I still am A kid that fell down a slippery slope of sadness
I fell so fast and felt so alone, Therapy was my intervention before disaster struck Without it my families life could’ve gone totally amuck Others go to therapy but some can’t afford it Some people go ahead and ignore it In order to help others we should petition to make therapy cheaper In turn this could make the difference steeper. On a website called SAVE it states with great force, “There is one suicide death in the US every 11.5 minutes.” Suicide is normalized in modern media Unfortunently Depression is often confused with acedia Just trust me it all starts with you If you see someone struggling there is so much you can do Help them along We all may be different but We all sing the same song No rest until we all feel loved Now its time to rise above All our hate and rage Now its time to sit and think about how we can engage Fix the problem storming the nation In this country we must move forward And send mental health problems on a permanent vacation