Let's Just Talk About It More, Shall We
It's Mental Health Awareness week and so I wanted to write something to honour that and encourage conversation. That came to me as it often does in a poem. We all need to talk more about mental health and not feel shame if we've experienced problems with it. The more we talk, the more people we can help.
Sometimes It's You, Sometimes It's Me
The man on the tube that fits himself into the corner,
Shirking from the human noise.
Inside his head a cacophony of voices,
Fighting to be heard.
You may suspect him of struggling but what about…
The girl who posts endless selfies showing off her abs
In expensive gym kit.
You think she’s arrogant because she doesn’t talk at parties,
She’s breathing through an anxiety attack.
And then there’s…
That older male relative, an example of “Success”
And profiled in all the important papers.
He says he’s on a golfing trip quite often,
When he’s spent five days crying quietly in bed.
The star like people.…
The working mother at your office,
Who displays superhuman tendencies.
You think you ache for her life, yet
She has a hundred medicines in her cabinet, keeping her stable.
Everyone has a mind that may suddenly suffer….
Your best friend, your lover, child or mother.
The octopus of mental maladies could grasp us all at anytime
And hold us to the floor,
Whilst we wave and smile above the surface.
So know that, no!
It's not always the homeless man
Shouting in the street or the anorexic schoolgirl
Physically embodying how much she hates herself.
Not always the mad and the bad and the publicly sad.
Often it's no one you would expect or someone you definitely wouldn’t;
Sometimes it’s you and sometimes it’s me.
Let’s just talk about that more, shall we.