A Song of Mental Health

Abhishek Gupta is a medical sub-intern with CAMH, who graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine.

 

 


Hear Ye, Hear Ye

A song of mental health for all,

In dark times and vanishing grace,

Give light and cushion a fall,

Where suffering is hidden,

And discourse forbidden,

Now, to change rules unwritten,

I pray, lend your ears to listen!

 

Where actions and mood were once controlled,

Now, fits of mania, blues, highs and lows,

Slightest slight makes tears show

Malaise so deep, reactions slow

Doves spring claws o'er jests

Lions becalmed to brooding nests

Eloquent orators now rambling pests

Indecent thoughts openly professed,

Dignity stripped and made to divest,

Dangerous Illusions, delusions, thoughts suggest,

In family and friends, see enemies abreast,

Life filled with distress

 

Crazed, mad, fool, lazy, insane

Curses all, filled with disdain

See behind mask,

The shrouded pain

If you cannot help, curse not!

For words do burn and strain

In the end, hope drained,

A being shamed

For no cause but invisible ail

Without hope or help to sustain,

Only recourse to watch life wane,

Take one’s life, end silent bane

So for God’s sake, be humane!

 

To help recover and sanity retain,

The spiral of despair to contain,

Start with words! Acid tongue to restrain,

From illegal drugs, guns and drink, abstain.

Offer hope with help to share the pain,

Without stigma, curse or any blame,

Let the afflicted speak their tale,

Impulses once again to chain,

Coping skills to retrain,

Speech purified from profane,

Life, hope and will to finally regain.

 

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Mental Health is health. By opening the lines of communication to mature conversation, individuals, even healthcare professionals, can see the subtle changes in behaviour before it is too late. To provide hope and help to all is the cornerstone of medicine, especially in crisis situations.