Only- a poem for teens



A poem by Violet

I have never loved
only wanted
to wrap myself in other skin,
hide my eyes behind another face.

I have only wanted
a better soul than mine,
a graceful body, a strength,
and certainly this flesh could never have.

I have longed
for a patchwork, an alloy
of the pure, intelligent, the solid
a melting pot of my unobtainable traits.

I have watched,
as if I could adapt my observation,
the movements of perfection
that I wished were mine.

I have envied
affectionately from a distance
I can’t imagine coming any closer.


Violet writes about longing for “a patchwork, an alloy of the pure, intelligent, the solid a melting pot of my unobtainable traits.” She is trying to figure out how all the things she knows about herself can come together in a way that makes sense to her. We are all creatures of contradictions. We have rough edges and have parts of us we wish were different.

(Excerpt from Make the Best of Your Teen Years.)


The Reality of Teen Peer Pressure

Right now it is 1:30 in the morning, and I just really can’t sleep because of stuff I’ve got on my mind.

So here we go.

From first to eighth grade, we had a “Guidance” period, which was an extra period we had in place of one of our extra curricular periods every week. The teacher taught us about peer pressure for alcohol and drugs. We had D.A.R.E. which was the same thing but mainly for drugs.

(Excerpt from the blog The Reality of Teen Peer Pressure ‹ Reader —


Teen Voices: Senior year jitters

Senior year jitters

Three years ago, I was walking into high school as a shy little freshman still lost on how to open my locker. Today I can proudly say I have grown and I am on top of the food chain of school and could not be prouder to be where I am.

When I think about this coming school year, I feel a mix of emotions. Part of me can’t wait for all the jam-packed events that come with senior year, such as prom, senior class pictures, senior trips, senior superlatives in the yearbook and, most importantly, graduating.

(Excerpt from Julie Rossner’s article in the Sun Sentinal- Read more here.)

Mindfulness study to track effect of meditation on 7,000 teenagers

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Psychologists and neuroscientists from Oxford University and University College London plan unprecedented trial of how mindfulness affects mental health. One teacher involved in the project admitted it could be a challenge to sell mindfulness to young people.

(Excerpt from Robert Booth’s article in The Guardian. Read more here.)

Overcoming Loneliness and Shyness

Fixing Relationship Problems with Humor

Are you lonely, but unsure of how to connect with others? Do you feel uncomfortable or anxious in social situations? It may feel like you’re the only one, but the truth is that lots of people struggle with shyness and social insecurity. You may think that you’re doomed to a life of awkward social encounters, but you can learn how to be more confident and secure in your interactions with others. You don’t have to change your personality. It’s simply a matter of learning new skills and adopting a different outlook.

Excerpt from Melinda Smith and Jeanne Segal’s article in Read the whole article here.

Creativity and Mental Health

Art as a way to give meaning to your life despite your struggles.


For me, creativity is a massive part of expressing my feelings when it comes to my mental health. Creating abstract representations of my disorders or how I feel allows me to release the negative thoughts and create something interesting in the process.

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mha designs Mental Health Awareness Designs (2014)

I draw, paint, write – anything and everything! It’s the most therapeutic thing in the world; I can sit in complete silence and not have one thought pass through my head for hours when I have a paintbrush in my hand.

Does anybody else have any methods to relieve stress and negative feelings?

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Teen fulfilled her bucket list by sacrificing herself to save a friend’s life

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A 17-year-old Connecticut teen is inspiring acts of kindness after her death earlier this month.

On July 2, 2015, Rebecca Townsend attended a fireworks show in Danbury, Conn. with her friend, Ben Arne. As the two were walking back, a vehicle struck them. According to BuzzFeed News, Ben told the family that he remembered Rebecca pushing him out of the way just before the impact. Ben was hospitalized; Rebecca was killed.

(Excerpt from Jaleesa Jones’s article in USA Today)