Anxiety doesn’t discriminate 
Irrational thoughts feel real 
They visit at their convenience
Oh, how paralyzing they feel 

The mind becomes a prison
Hijacks what is good 
The ultimate exile 
Of being misunderstood 

An invasion A foreign power
With the intent of causing pain
Free to control our mind
As though it has free reign

The world remains so quiet
As suffering insidiously grows
When Goliath wins the battle
We suffer heavy blows 

It’s about time we break silence
For those who feel they have no choice Reduce the stigma for our youth
Help them find their voice

In the United States, almost half of adults will experience mental illness. We can help change the trajectory of suffering by remaining informed and taking advantage of the willingness of our youth to engage in conversation.