A student I've known for years (since she was in middle school, actually) shares her writing with me often. I am one of the sponsors of the Teen Writers Alliance, but I am also one of her main Beta readers outside the group. She stops by often with bits of her Fan Fic (mostly Avengers related) and sometimes her original work. She pops in when she updates her work and is really happy about it, or when she wants some gentle critique.
But sometimes she comes in with her poems. These are words that pour out of her when her emotions are eating her alive and threatening to devour her very soul.
Writing these words--these angsty, angry, dark and dank words--is cathartic for her. They are often painful to read, and I am honored that she trusts me with them.
She does see someone official to deal with her issues--and she absolutely gave me permission to share this poem marked with her initials.
Writing is important. Reading is important. Sharing is important. All on so very many levels.