[Source. Art by Amelia Foy.]
A Short Poem About Mental Health
Written by Emily Bourne.
Do you know how quiet it is when you’re depressed?
Have you felt that feeling of heaviness in your chest?
Have you heard a chasing game of tick tick tick in your brain?
Do you know how much concentrating, thinking, living is a strain?
Do you ever just paint your wall with tubes of paint to stop the intrusions?
Have you ever blocked multiple people because of far-fetched conclusions?
Have you ever confessed all of your feelings at midnight and let it all go?
Then the next morning they never stop talking so you wish they didn’t know?
How about the doctor’s appointments where it feels like you’re telling lies?
And doc hands over a brochure but he think it’s just hormones, you can see it in his eyes?
“The most important thing you can do is tell someone” is what they say
But you did, they were no help so now you struggle getting through the day?
The government didn’t give you the right help so people just thought you were crazy?
And worse, you got left with the burden of my family thinking you were just ‘so lazy’?
Great! You’ve finished the quiz to test if you’re depressed. If all your answers were yes… keep reading. If all your answers were no… keep reading…
Whether or not mental illness affects you, I would love if you could donate to a mental health charity today so that you or anyone you love doesn’t have to experience any of these things alone. Alternately, I’ve provided other related resources that can help you understand or cope with mental illness.
Thank you for your time.
UK MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES:
How to access mental health services through the NHS link here.
MIND: MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Rethink Mental Illness: Rethink directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. Furthermore, they advocate to change attitudes and policy for millions.
CAMHS: The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is part of a wider network of services that offer help and support to children and young people who have mental health difficulties. They provide for young people up to age 18.
MENTAL HEALTH ZINES:
NUMBERS TO CALL:
Samaritans 116 123 OR e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem): 08001111
Mind infoline (mental health information): 0300 123 3393 e-mail: email@example.com
b-eat eating disorder support: 0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
b-eat youthline (for under 25’s with eating disorders): 08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)
Find other ‘self-care’ posts available on Risen here.
Thank you for reading. Take care. You are loved. You are important.