Teen Balance is your opportunity to share your experiences , ideas and thoughts around mental health and stigma through writing, artwork, photography or video. All submissions will be reviewed and must be approved by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region before being published to youthSMART.ca. Your submission will include your first name only. No other personal information will be published.


Stories, Poetry, Essays

Get Back Up
By Whitney and Emily

Times too tough
Life gets rough
You get back up
Because if you don’t you could erupt
Like a volcano
You will not stop
You’re back down
Do you get back up?
Yes because when you fall
No, not one but all
Will come to help you up
When death seems like your only hope
Find someone to help you cope
Death is just a five letter word
But your problem can always be cured
Life is a dance, so dance
So when you fall be sure
To know it is only a minor detour
If you feel you can take no more
You last chance might be walking out the door
You’re back down
Do you get back up?

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