I hated every second of my time in psychiatric treatment. I spent every moment wanting to leave, wanting to be rid of that place, and feeling confined. But I got something good out of it, too.
I’ve had my dose of jaw-dropping obsessive meltdowns, and to desensitize to these attacks, I laugh. If I don’t, I become an irrational mess in a hazmat suit, only consuming blue M&Ms and touching street lights so I won’t die. To overcome OCD, I can’t just survive. I must thrive.
This was not a suicide attempt. This was the precursor. This was the consideration. I should’ve called a helpline. Or texted. Or called my psychiatrist. I should’ve done something to help me recover.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. The organizations below are linked; you can click on them to go to their websites. 24/7 Hotline National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-TALK (8255) Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741 For anyone feeling in crisis (callers don’t have to be […]
Through a teen-led event called VOX-A-Palooza, VOX showcased our special coverage about mental health, provided a safe space to speak up and create art, and hosted a poetry slam for metro-Atlanta teens and their families.
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Welcome to the teaser of the pilot episode of the VOXcast! Teen Staffers Haley Henderson, Khalil Shipman, Kenneth Franklin, Mack Walker and Keana Martin-Sanders (in addition to adult support from WABE’s very own Molly Samuel) are working tirelessly to edit, produce and complete this podcast. The staffers think that podcasts are becoming more popular especially […]
I go up to the stage
My hands are clamming and my heart is thumping loudly against my ear drum
I keep my mouth closed by biting my bottom lip,
Anticipating the judge’s first word …
We hope our coverage and media urge you to take the time to look within yourself and ask: “Am I taking care of my mental health?”