Mental Health Awareness Week: Men Speak Up (A Poem)

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

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