Blue Health

Reflections on the mental health of those in blue who serve...

POETRY FOR INCLUSION

Uniforms share

narratives of service

unpredictable days

and incessant

family prayers

a familiar script

for the thin

blue line


Blue mental health

handcuffed

by stigma

a chronic pandemic

lingering in secret

trauma saturated

faces covered

by invisible

masks


Split decisions

and inevitable

bloodshed

Ambien is

of no solace

hearts of

suppressed emotions

quiver

a therapeutic ear

awaits transparency

Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.