Poetry & Creative Writing

Talking about your mental health can be difficult – you may struggle to find the words. Poetry can be an extremely powerful and cathartic tool for processing painful emotions and for moving into a more positive and mental well frame of mind. This poem explores the physical manifestation of mental pain, and ends on a hopeful note, full of future promise, motivation and inner strength !

 

Damaged and irreversible

No chance for change

Like the clouds that wander in the open sky

Visible to all, and in plain sight

Your Honor, I present to you the hideous scar

A multitude of questions running the human mind

Like grains of sand

 

My scars feature daily in the morning, noon and evening slot of every news outlet

They announce me

Not always a true reflection of me

But always the first thing that you see

 

The paint may fall from the outside walls of the castle

But from where you’re standing, you’ll never know

Who’s home dreaming great dreams

Maybe even writing great lyrics

 

A story is found in theses scars

Though it appears ugly and dark

Weather beaten, greatly marred

To the worlds physical eyes

Even on sunny afternoons summer light

 

Behold, these scars narrate my journeys and adventures

The paths I’ve walked upon

Dragons fought

Where I’ve been burned

And hurt

 

I hope to rise above these scars

Managing at the moment with Talking Therapies

Won’t let the painful memories and feelings

Define me

 

By Akin  Olusanya

 

This poem was written as part of our mental health awareness week campaign, helping to bring awareness and break down stigma regarding mental health.  Community Navigator, Akin, often writes wonderful poetry about mental health ; he put pen to paper to illustrate the growing need for men to be able to talk about their experiences and open up when they are struggling.  

My soul is burdened, seems like I’m in the dark
Trapped,
And my mind, overwhelmed
A man with great pride
Had all, lost all,
Everything in me yelling for help
Remember growing up
as a young male,
the world telling me
Always be strong
Now I’m down on life’s luck
A man going on to thirty four
With no navigation to weather the storm
Lost
Strange, now I’m losing my sleep
No more appetite to eat
My once good health
Failing me
Anxiety. Depression, bipolar personality disorder,
Schizophrenia …
C’mon fellas,
These are very real
My admonishment therefore is to men:
Let’s all speak up, rise,  seek help
Get counselling, embrace therapy
Know that MIND cares

 

Poem written by Akin Olunsanya