Superhero – A Visual Poem



Mental illness touches everyone: our friends, co-workers, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters … and even our children. The statistics are staggering … 1 in 5 suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20% of our population but yet only 4% of the total healthcare budget is spent on our mental health. As a result, mental illness drains 51 billion dollars in lost productivity from the Canadian economy each year. We need to do more than just talk about it, we need to invest in programs and services that will make a difference in people’s lives. The stigma is huge and until we accept people with a mental illness we won’t be able to move forward and make a real difference. Remember mental illness affects us all so please help where you can. Let’s start with acceptance.

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44 thoughts on “Superhero – A Visual Poem

  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    thanks for this, I will use it in my literature class as an example for visual poetry. really good

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Great job, Laura.  Well done Egg Productions.  As many have mentioned, a strong stigma still exists; but, it is nice to see that we are making some progress.    Mental illness affects so many!  Those who fall on a deaf ear need to look around.  Mental illness is in our homes, in our schools, in our workplaces, and in our families!  A little acceptance could go a long way in helping those who often feel alone.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I just met Laura two weeks ago, and just realized this was her AT THE END. omg, how could i be blind. 

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    The parts where she says she was childish and did this to herself really screws with my head.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Or even a recreation event for kids transitioning into the new Acute Impatient Unit at the IWK

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Hey Laura, I go to Dal…you should put this video on iTunes and use the funds to support extra community psychiatrists in the adult program

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    This is amazing, you have such a talent.
    I also think Laura is a beautiful name (I have the same one XP)

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    The most amazingly brilliant messages about mental health. Thank you. I look forward to helping people see MH in new light.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I've referenced you in my own words on my blog – thank you Laura (love the CD too!)

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Never mind! I have crappy earbuds! I heard it perfectly once I got rid of them.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I was diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder 5 yrs ago and let it define who i was but i am much more than all that it comes with.. I survive through the seconds of the imprisoment my mind has on me. this video gave me strength while I was in darkness. Thank you for the light!!! I am not alone..

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Your video transcends the topic of mental illness… it is so beautiful. Perhaps unknowingly, but you have described what it takes to lead a spiritual life or to recover from a trauma. <3 Thank you.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I flagged this video as inappropriate and infringing my rights, despite the excellent photo quality of the video, because they didn't close caption.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Where once we would have been locked away in bedlams, we are now forced live among the "Normals" and make our own way. Honestly, I don't know which is worse. This poem, for me, was like the hand of a friend guiding me back to the straight and narrow path. Thank you, Laura Burke. You are an inspiration!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I can't express how many times I've watched this video.
    I watch it when I'm happy or sad, it doesn't depend on my mood. And it always touches somewhere deep within my soul therapists or friends and family were never able to reach.
    This video really made me feel like I'm not alone and I don't have to be. I can't say thank you enough for this, because in some of my darkest hours I will watch this and… It might really save me one day.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Indeed living with mental illness and owning our own recovery is a true feat of strength and will. We shine in our brilliance of fortitude……….bless all of you.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    My sister has been struggling with mental illness since she was 19 (only diagnosed at 32). So many lines in this poem expressed what it has been like for her however she is not one of the lucky ones…she has not chosen yet to "take (her) first breath as a survivor". Tears, more tears and more tears were what this evoked for me, but also great hope for this one young woman! May she continue to live life and keep the "chains" loosened!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Utterly touching. It's painful, world-rocking, illuminating and hauntingly beautiful all at once. Thank you.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Laura, Mike, Jennifer, and all associated with "Superhero,"

    We at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)–a peer-led US organization that supports people with mood disorders–were impressed and moved by your visual poem. It's an excellent piece that puts the experience of a serious mental illness into clear, relatable context.

    With appreciation and admiration,
    The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) team

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Someday, I hope to have connections and to be able to make a video (any takers). Shows a lot of strength and courage Laura. Well done. Egg productions, great job.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Mental Health Awareness still has a ways to go… but it is finally getting there. I think we are all our own super heros in our own ways- if we have suffered great and are still alive to tell about it- then made a choice- a choice to save ourselves from the depts of dispair. Its not easy suffering in silence while the whole world continues to go on- but to choose to get help embodies hope and recovery.
    Great job Laura on your video- you never seize to amaze me with your talent.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    I can't stop watching it! Very moving. Laura, you are an inspiration!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    @OfficialPostSecret
    Would love to collaborate with you Frank. Thanks for your feedback!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Words cannot express how beautifully written and produced this piece is. Well done Laura! Well done on so many levels. Kudos to the Mental Health Foundation for having this produced and to Egg Films for their incredible work. I will share and encourage others to do the same.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    greatly writtten, produced, and most of all inspring. i appluade what you do.

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