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Thank You for Calling

Graduation Year



As Americans, we live in a culture that stigmatizes mental illness as moral weakness, characterizes psychological suffering as insanity, and encourages people to endure their pain in silence. For the past year, I have worked intimately with people in acute distress as an intern at PATH Crisis Center, where I answer incoming calls for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the primary hotline for suicide intervention. In “Thank You for Calling,” a collection of poetry and introductory critical preface, I explore the power of confessional poetry to give a voice to people who feel confined by shame and silence. By echoing my callers’ stark honesty and by reflecting upon my own years of depression and contemplated suicide, I engage with my work as a crisis line operator using a medium that allows me to creatively reexamine my lived experiences.


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