Believe me, because I'll only lie once.
You could be the change the world needs. You can be the sunshine that someone needs. You could be the difference between life, and something much worse.
Not understanding isn't a crime, but it's not an excuse. It takes no time to ask a friend, a colleague or a stranger how they're doing. Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. It's not contagious. You can't catch it. Be kind.
Another addition to poet's corner for the week - enjoy!
Facebook reminded me of a poem I wrote this day last year and so I thought I would get back into the swing of things with another little bit of poetic waffle.
Last night, I was reading Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive (review & giveaway coming soon), and he describes depression in the way Churchill did - as a black dog. Just as a I began to drift to sleep, my brain latched on to that metaphor, and my latest poem was born. Luckily, I wrote this one down... I will never stop being surprised by the power of words.
Mental illness does not care who you are. It does not care whether you are a naturally bubbly person, or a pessimist. It doesn't care if you are a loner, or surround yourself by friends at every given moment. It doesn't care if you are in love. It doesn't care if you are a high flyer. Mental illness is a predator, searching for your weak spots and exploiting them.