As you’ve probably seen us mention before, it was Mental Health Awareness Week earlier in the month of May, but at YPI we carried it all the way through to the end of the month, culminating with a mental health themed Poetic Insight on May 30th.
I had a feeling that it was going to be a special night, but I had no idea just how beautiful it would be. The poets performed with a stellar rawness and each of them brought something different, sharing a little of themselves with all of us.
You could feel the emotion in the room, as everyone sat engaged with each poem, seemingly unsure of whether they should click or make sounds in agreement with what was being said. There was a level of respect shown that was so amazing, I wish it could have been shared with an even wider audience.
Laurence was our first act of the night, telling the relevant and well-known story of Sarah Reed through spoken word. On the other end of the scale, Rozita was our final act, sharing her experience about relationships and depression through spoken word and song.
Rhianna was brave enough to share a poem about her own personal journey with mental health, just as Tania bravely shared a poem about her experience with depression and the conflict it caused with a family member due to their faith.
Miss Yankey shared a piece of spoken word about what her friend went through, due to drug induced schizophrenia and psychosis. Then there was Fahad, who delivered a powerful spoken word poem about bullying.
As if the night was not special or poignant enough, Angela, a member of the audience, asked to take the stage to share a few words about her experience dealing with mental health issues. Tears flowed and you could hear a pin drop, as everyone in the room sat taking in her every word. Young people like Angela being courageous enough to share their stories was why I started this platform in the first place, so I was so glad that she felt comfortable enough to share that with us.
All that’s left now is to say thank you to all of my wonderful performers – Laurence, Miss Yankey, Rhianna, Gus, Annotate, Sid, Fahad, Nazarene, Pekz, Authentic Alanie, Tania and Rozita – and of course, the wonderful Angela, for coming on to the Poetic Insight stage. You make these nights amazing and you make me proud to be a young person.
The next Poetic Insight will be on June 27th and the theme will be Life, following on from our forum’s theme of Life Goals. If you want to perform, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me at 07910092565.
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