Kicking the Stigma
Kicking the Stigma: Can We Change Your Mind? is the first anthology from the "Write Yersel Well" creative writing group run by Jane, our Mental Health Resource Worker based in the North East.
Since the group began in July 2010 they have met regularly to use creative writing as a way of expressing themselves and working through the worries and issues they are dealing with. With the support of Jane, 13 young people aged 16-25 have contributed to, done the design work and helped edit the anthology.
Many of the young writers have benefited from other Depaul UK services in the North East, and have faced homelessness and suffered from mental health problems. The "Write Yersel Well" creative writing group has bought young people together to develop their talents and also discuss self-help literature.
The anthology has been supported by the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. In his foreword for the book he says:
"We need to listen to our young people more, and what better way to listen to them than through their poetry. I've read this book, and through these words I feel like I know intimately a group of people who I have never met. How is this possible? It is the power of poetry..."
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The anthology showcases some very moving and brave pieces of writing on themes which range from home to insomnia to chocolate. "Write Yersel Well" has given the young people the chance to learn about different literary forms such as Japanese Haiku, limericks, acrostics, short stories, songs and pieces which explore the Geordie dialect.
Jane has seen the group members grow in confidence as over the year they shared their experiences of homelessness and mental health problems, as well as their love of writing. Here is what some of the other young writers had to say about why they write and what being a member of "Write Yersel Well" has been like:
Read Paula's story by clicking here and learn about how "Write Yersel Well" gave her back her confidence and helped her turn her life around.
"When I Write it feels like nothing else matters at that time. All that matters is the story. My main reason for writing this book is to acknowledge my mum who died when I was 14 years old." Neil
"I started writing a diary when I was depressed as a way to process and make sense of my thoughts. My passion for writing stemmed from there. At the writing group, I have been able to learn more about writing, meet new people, and take part in exciting projects such as putting together a book." Jessica
Too much on my plate
My mind in a depressed state
Confidence hit the floor
Problems too deep-routed to ignore
Pacing, mind racing
How do I escape this frustration?
Just a month ago I had so much determination
Showing signs of stress, I was an emotion mess
I was out of control I must confess
How do I deal with these flashbacks in my head?
How do I put the past to bed?
Even when the sun is shining bright
Dark thoughts drown the light
Even when I'm in a great mood
The devils in my head always intrude
Even when I lie, and say "I'm ok"
The pain in my eyes gives everything away