Suicide Note: A Poet’s Journey Through Depression

Suicide Note: A Poet’s Journey Through Depression

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.

This film is part of the Well Beings 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.


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

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

“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

Related Series & Films is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.