Suicide Note: A Poet’s Journey Through Depression | PBS Short Docs

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Poet AKeem Rollins shares the story behind his viral slam poetry piece, “Suicide Note.”

At age fourteen, AKeem was kicked out of his home for coming out as gay, and as a result, faced bullying, homelessness, and depression. After receiving emergency mental health care, he finished writing “Suicide Note” and has since become a vocal mental health activist.

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This film is part of the #WellBeings "Out of the Dark" docuseries showcasing the inspiring personal stories of the most influential youth activists in the mental health space. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the struggles each overcame, the impact of their work, and their continued mental health journeys. Learn more at

A film by Redglass Pictures
Directed by Sarah Klein & Tom Mason
Executive Producers: Kelly Deckert, Justin Rhodes, John Wilson
Producer: Heather Martino
Edited by: Tom Mason
Animator: Joey Abisso

“Final Light” by George Georgia
“Veil Of Maya” by Robert Northcott

Additional Footage Provided By Micah Autry at Aume Production, Harry Eaddy at Denton Black Film Fest, Spencer Brownstein, and Sam Van Cook at Button Poetry

Special Thanks to AKeem Rollins

Education (or Educational Outreach) Support Provided by American Public Media’s Call to Mind Initiative, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, WE Charity, Forbes, PEOPLE, Mental Health America, National Council for Behavioral Health, The Steve Fund, and The Jed Foundation.

Original Production Funding for Support for “Out of the Dark”
Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, One Mind, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dana Foundation, Dauten Family Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, John & Frances Von Schlegell, Sutter Health, Robina Riccitiello, and Jackson Family Enterprises

Digital Content Producer: Cori Kipps
Social Media Manager: Chase Ellington
Digital Coordinator: Eleftheria Giannopoulos

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