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The following poem by one of WRSPC volunteers was inspired after reading a newspaper article. Thank you Brenda McDonald for sharing.

What Does That Mean to You?

“Person with mental illness”
What does that mean to you?
Can I be a leader, specialist, educator
And have that label too?

No one is immune from the piercing claws of depression Life-altering anxiety
cripples one’s mind. apprehensive intrusion Money, education and career
don’t protect from mental health concerns Suicide claims our loved ones
lives; no gender, age, social or cultural exclusion

I have mental health issues
But ‘who I am’ is so much more
I’m not my depression or my anxiety
Look to my heart, my soul, my core

Value experience and education together
Each one of us, we are unique but united Take time for and learn from one
another Real face to face time, human contact ignited

Listen openly to what I am saying
Show me, I need to know you care,
Being vulnerable is a place to start
To reduce stigma, we must share

Look beyond the words spoken
Body language talks, be aware
Hiding behind the mask happens
Notice hope replaced with despair

Why does my life matter? Why live?
Many ask these questions every day
Reach out with empathy, a loving touch
“I’m here for you, I’m not leaving, OK?”

Humans have so much to offer in this world We have unlimited love and
learning potential Our minds can take us to mountain tops and valleys Taking
care of our mental health is essential

Life is complex, so many paths to travel down We may be on a dangerous road,
reroute now No one’s on a pedestal; no person is better than you or me For
those dealing with mental illness, let’s help somehow

“Person with mental illness”
What does that mean to you?
Can I be a leader, specialist, educator
And have that label too?

Brenda McDonald

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