Poetry x Mental Health

Poetry Jam Helps Reduce Stigma of Mental Illness in St. Louis Park

Earlier this month, Friends of the Arts teamed up with student leaders from SLP Nest and the Health in the Park Mental Health Action Team for a poetry jam that focused on mental health. In a safe and supportive environment, students and adults shared their original poetry, stories, and spoken word about how mental illness affects their lives, and what they do to take care of their mental health.

The poetry covered all kinds of topics, like depression, anxiety, bipolar, perfectionism, and stress, and readings ranged from humorous storytelling to deeply personal spoken word. This event provided a place for people to safely express themselves, and to hear from others who may have dealt with similar things in their lives. A big thank you to all the brave readers who shared their poetry, and to all who came out to support the event.