Hello all. Today, the 10th October, is World Mental Health Day. The day is held in order to raise awareness of mental health around the world.
A while ago I wrote a poem about depression. Normally when I write a poem I’ll get it how I like it, read it to people and revisit them regularly. Sometimes however, I write something a bit more serious, like The D-Word, and I never go back to those poems. I thought today might be a good idea to share the poem, given that it is WMHDay. It is written from past experiences and I believe every word to be true.
Thanks for reading. I’ll have a more light-hearted poem up next week.
The D-Word by Liam Overend
Depression, misery, sorrow, despair
All of these things will make you stare
Into the dark and dismal abyss
Soul sucking things that will make you miss
The feelings of happiness, pleasure and joy
The fun you once felt as a girl or a boy
And all of those things that once made you smile
Are no longer exciting, they’ve gone for a while
Depression divorces our souls from our life
It fills us with nothing, a void full of strife
But there is a way out, it doesn’t have to be bad
There’s people to talk to, there’s help to be had
Some people, I know, don’t want to ask
But suffer in silence, hide in their mask
Not because they don’t want to converse
They feel they’d be making their friend’s lives worse
But friends, they will listen, you won’t be a drain
They will lend an ear and help with your pain
And don’t feel sorry, don’t apologise
And don’t be ashamed if tears roll from your eyes.
Talk now, talk to anyone, whoever is best
Tell them your sorrows, offload from your chest
Confide with your comrades, they’ll help in your fight
Life will get much better, but not overnight
This pain that you carry, it won’t last forever
You must believe in this truth. Stand firm, shout ‘Never!’
‘I won’t let you beat me, I won’t let you win!’
There’s never been a greater time to begin
But please, do it now, don’t dawdle, don’t wait
You have to tell someone, don’t leave it too late.
Because no-one wants to say ‘If only we’d known’
Tell others your nightmare, don’t face it alone.