Art often gives people a place where they are able to freely express otherwise unspoken thoughts or emotions. As a result of Clark’s first Mental Health week, ASCC presents together with Lower Columbia College and Washington State University Vancouver student poetry submissions that back this sentiment.
Twelve poems in total were submitted, 10 of which were written by students at Clark. Along with allowing their poetry exposure, each Clark student received a gift card as a reward for participating in the challenge.
Similar to an art challenge put on to celebrate Earth Day, this is the first year ASCC collaborated with other student governments to create a Mental Health Week poetry challenge. Despite the difficulty of getting the word out online, ASCC President Josiah Joner said he was pleased by the turnout.
“There’s some really great responses and really great submissions in there that I’m excited about,” Joner said.
Some of the poems submitted by Clark students can be found below.