As I’m sure some of you who know me will agree, I’m a very outspoken advocate of mental health.
As such, I’ve decided to share a little scribble with you as it’s World Mental Health Day. This is from my upcoming anthology, Alexithymia, so please enjoy and let’s try and raise awareness of mental health issues.
Please stop for a minute.
Yes, I’m talking to you.
Don’t do what it is that,
You’re planning to do.
Let these words reach you
While I have your attention.
I won’t try to say that I know
The things you’re going through.
Just know that this pain
You’re feeling right now?
I’ve been there – reaching
For the solution in whatever
Form it might take – cold steel,
Booze or pills. So, even though
I don’t know you, we have, at this
Point, something in common.
I was twenty-seven the first time
I felt I was out of options. Taking
The ultimate step that day
When I tried to put myself away.
I felt like I was screaming inside.
Remember, I’ve been where you
Are. I’ve walked that mile in those
Shoes; I want you to know this:
You are stronger than you realise.
This is a fight you can win, even
If your doubts drown everything
Out, hold on a little longer. Stay.
Let me talk to you. Let my words
Through, even if you don’t
Think you can do it. I’ll share
This pain; be a voice of reason.
You have better times ahead
Believe me, try to see, I beg of
you. Don’t take your life. Instead,
Take my hand – we’ll do this together.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Stay Safe X