5 years before, most everything was pink
What a beautiful cause
What a beautiful way to think
What if… but no. I thought
Yet I searched, to my disbelief
The green beacon shined
As a hopeful motif
Against the hate. Seen prior
Emphasizing my loss
Such words Made me want to kill my-
They don’t know the cost
Of such words. Since he died.
Yet, this little ribbon pinned to my heart
Could tell my unsaid story
So that is how I start
Passing out some hope for-
For me. For family. For everyone in fact.
Everyone who has to face the hate
Everyone that this impacts
And those who wish to say
The wrong things that hurt so much
Start to learn from others.
Illness should be treated as such
Find those who. Understand
With heart pinned green ribbons
You can shake the world
And stigma, good riddance
Stand up now. So I start
Forgive and help others grow
Speak against the silence
Forgive the pain and speak although
Silence is easy. So I start
Tara is a member of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee and a chapter leader at Colorado School of Mines. Mental Illness Awareness Week runs through the first full week of October every year.