• The Fountain Soothes My Troubled Soul

    The Fountain Soothes My Troubled SoulThe fountain soothes my troubled soul.To take a minute to appreciate nature,The natural sound of splashing waterDirected by mechanisms of the human mind,The fountain soothes my troubled soul As I step nearer to the sourceThe rhythms of the jetsseem to say;"Relax, , take time outRelax, take time out." It's 9.15am and I have 15 minutesTo the project opensTake a breatherMeditate on the craftsperson who sculptedThe walrus and the cherubsout of cast ...

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  • Letter From the Wise One

    Dear younger me, Hi me!Write.....Just do it....Just write.....You loved to write, didn't you?  When it was going well and even when it wasn't, you enjoyed walking around and thinking until you thought of something and you went to the next cafe and wrote.  Wasn't it brilliant?  Wasn't it?  Oh, remember! Fight the side effects of the medication.  You'll need them sweetheart but stive to have pain relief and your imagination - our imagination.  Imagine the good, not ...

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  • My Fabulous Future

    MY FABULOUS FUTURE!!! KEEPING UP THE GOOD WORK!! TO KEEP ON DOING MY EXERCISES LIKE GOING TO THE GYM, SWIMMING AND WALKING PATRICIA

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  • Time 2

    ‘Time’ I cannot buy time I can buy a telly I can buy some booze I can buy some music and listen to the ‘Blues’ I wish I could buy time But no-one is selling!! written & submitted by Catherine Mulholland RAMH ‘Writing Group’

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  • My Rose

    My Rose I hold love, so dear I’d hold that love even dearer, if it was here In this tear stained place, looking at me With a look, that makes the heart inside, pure race Some of us are absent without leave Me, I'm absent without love and lonely As Adam before the creation of Eve I need a paradise darlin’, to bring out The roses in the garden, despite the thorns Every garden needs ...

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  • Who/What am I?

    Who/What am I? My Mental Recovery Am I a person? Am I a patient? Am I a client? Am I a service user? Am I a volunteer? Am I someone to help? NO! – None of the above. I am a number:- National insurance number National health number Patient number A statistic A % of the population A number on a caseload A number between 1 and 10 How does that make you feel today? ...

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  • My Fabulous Future

    My Fabulous Future Keeping up the good work To keep on doing my exercises Like going to the gym, swimming and walking

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  • Time

    ‘Time’ Time wasted Time lost Time flying Time lost Time working Time waiting Time living Time dreaming Time dying Time Lost! written & submitted by Catherine Mulholland RAMH ‘Writing Group’

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  • Self Harm.it's double edged

    Please Note: This piece contains references to self harm Self harm relief and grief. It took me a long time to realise how much of a doubled edged sword cutting myself was. I'd do it and feel better, lighter, freer and then in the morning the recriminations would start. How do I hide it from family? How deep is the cut? How big will the scar be? Shame, fear and the big question; was it ...

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  • Time

    Time’ ‘Time’ is to me The Days, Weeks, Minutes and Seconds It flies in. The next minute it’s January and the next it’s June Where is the time going? It goes in that fast. Ten years ago? It’s just like last week. written & submitted by Patricia Callery RAMH ‘Writing Group’

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  • The Mirror

    THE MIRROR He straps towards the mirror He sees himself He asks, “Who are you?” The mirror replies, “I am you and you are me” He says, “Please explain as there is only one of me” The mirror seems to smile, before replying, “You are more than what you see” He frowns and scratches his head He then asks, “More than I see? NO! What you see is what I am! There is nothing more ...

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  • What makes me angry

    What makes me angry Being trapped Being afraid No space for escape Polite conventions Keeping the balance Tongue tied in a knot to keep the thoughts inside Why is my voice so unimportant? Secondary to everyone else Where can I be heard? Are my feelings so unimportant I must defer to others? Why do they not consider their impact on those around them? Someone else, me, tidying up in the aftermath. CM

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  • Work Problems & Death

    Work Problems Where to start Where to finish Do this, do that Don’t do this, don’t do that It is never ending Never right Always in the wrong No accountability, where does the buck stop Search for help, ask here, ask there Always someone else’s responsibility Tale a grip, take hold, make a stand. Death Death the end of pain The end of expectations No light, no joy, no hope Calm no noise, no chatter ...

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  • Takers

    TAKERS!! Is it me? Is it them? Who is it? They take, take, take!! And when asked to give? They always say, “Why me?” “It can’t be me!” “I never give!” “I only ever take!” DM

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  • Who/What am I?

    Who/What am I? My Mental Recovery Am I a person? Am I a patient? Am I a client? Am I a service user? Am I a volunteer? Am I someone to help? NO! – None of the above. I am a number:- National insurance number National health number Patient number A statistic A % of the population A number on a caseload A number between 1 and 10 How does that make you feel today? ...

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  • My Box

    MY BOX I have my box to carry around Some days it’s like it’s full of fun All tickles and laughter Some days it makes me want to run And chase the dreams I’m after Today is a good day It’s all sunny and bright With lots of laughter and cheers Much better than most days and nights I’ve had over the last few years I wonder what happens to my box To make it ...

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  • Time

    ‘Time’ Time goes in so quickly Passing by and managing my every minute, my every second. It waits for no-one. It cannot truly be bought or extended. The sliding doors of time persist in motion, my life’s pulse and purpose Beating my heart to its rhythm, with or without loss. Time permits and commands my very being. Time is now. Spend and share it wisely! written & submitted by Andrea O’Brien RAMH ‘Writing Group’

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    ‘Time’ Time is a ruler Time rules your life It is the only thing we can guarantee Until it’s our ‘TIME’ to pass What do we do with our time here? Do we share freely with others? Do we hoard it all to ourselves like a hermit, under the covers? I like to share my time with the ones I love. I like to spend it wisely. Who knows when our time is gone? So ...

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  • Time

    ‘Time’ Just yesterday My son was so small But today? He is bigger than me. Just yesterday My son started school But today? He has now left school Just yesterday My daughter was born But today? She is preparing for High School Just yesterday My mother told me “Time flies when you have kids” Just yesterday I laughed at the thought But today? I finally admitted she was right. Time flies! written & submitted by ...

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  • My Rose

    My Rose I hold love, so dear I’d hold that love even dearer, if it was here In this tear stained place, looking at me With a look, that makes the heart inside, pure race Some of us are absent without leave Me, I’m absent without love and lonely As Adam before the creation of Eve I need a paradise darlin’, to bring out The roses in the garden, despite the thorns Every garden needs ...

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  • Thank you

    I don’t know where I’d be Still in the dark of dark Or six foot under in the local cemetery I needed someone or some thing To reach out to, I would find myself With tears on my cheek and in the pit of despair Then last year I was referred to RAMH And found people, people just like me Going through the same scenario Without mentioning names, the support I received Put that dark ...

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  • Support

    Support Having previously been the person giving support, in a work environment, I find it very difficult to ask for support, or help in any way, shape or form. Being fiercely independent does not help matters. It made me think – Where do the roots of that lie? Is it that asking for help or support is perceived as weakness? Surely self awareness and acknowledging that you need support is a strength? There is no ...

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  • Kidnapper

    "Kidnapper" I'm just going through the motions Of life, with discombobulated eyesAnd red raw emotions.I cry someI sigh someI hold my heart and soulTo ransom.It's like everydayIs deja-vu as much asThe night is long and blue.I pace someI chase someI hold all that I'm notTo ransom.This is more than a lullAnd I don't know how muchMore of my being, I can spill. Kevin

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  • The Wild One

    Anger to me is a useful tool, if used in the right wayWhat angers me most is people who forget their roots, and the way they were brought upChange is good, if it benefits your wellbeing, and does not put upon othersI have always been one for the underdog, and people who can't put their case forwardWhen I was at St Vincents College, Langbank, I will always remember the Bishop AbulaSaying to me, what are ...

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  • What makes me angry

    What makes me angry Being trapped Being afraid No space for escape Polite conventions Keeping the balance Tongue tied in a knot to keep the thoughts inside Why is my voice so unimportant? Secondary to everyone else Where can I be heard? Are my feelings so unimportant I must defer to others Why do they not consider their impact on those around them Someone else, me, tidying up in the aftermath.

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  • What Makes You Angry

    Pain makes me angry.  Pain that stole my life - overly dramatic, I know.  And yet - I could still have been useless with my health.  Shut up, you self-pitying arsehole.  Somewhere to be safely angry would be good.  I tend to shout at the news - often armed with the fish slice as I'm also cooking dinner but it's not really enough.  I'm afraid of hurting people.  Doesn't stop me thinking it, though.  If ...

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  • What Makes You Happy?

    What Makes You Happy?A calm, still day makes me happy.  Simple but frustratingly rare.  A damaged nerve in my face causes immense pain and is triggered, amongst other things, by the wind.  Every morning I eat breakfast, staring out at the trees and foliage to assess how much the wind is blowing.  The wind can feel like the ruler of my life.And when it isn't blowing? Joyeous! I am released......... a little.  I can still ...

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