Monday, 10 October 2011

Counting the Mad - Donald Justice (12/8/25 -6/8/04)

Susan T. Adams
- They leak through me

Today October 10rh , is World Mental Health Day, the issue still seems a problem, but it's not the mentally ill who are the problem. It's attitudes and ignorance, everyone can be affected, but is not like a virus that people can scrutinise under microscopes. Effects eveyone regardless of their class, their race, their politics, but having certain governments in control will often aid the spread of declining mental health, especially among the poor, the dispossessed, the marginlised, the voiceless. Often people fall beneath the cracks in the pavement, where they are shunted and betrayed.
Sadly in this present time, still so many causes, so many labels,  often people  are misdiagnosed, mislabelled , put in boxes and forgotten about. The stigma of being  different, with a different perception can in the end be very painful, one of the last taboos,   labels need to be cast aside, we should be looking for equality, a world without fear, without exploitation, a rejection of a society that  offers us no hope.
For me the summer has ended but the fall now approaches, learnt different methods to ease me through the good days and the bad days, the highs and lows, without ignoring the dark impulses that sometimes reappear, like  heavy magnets thrown through time! Am lucky can still smoke funny cigarettes, they make me normal, well sometimes. Able to form new relations, acquaintances, I guess I'm lucky because I prescribed myself a while back, a formula called hope.
Today I have I suppose a good day, that's just me, I guess I'm a survivor but many others are caught up daily in a cycle of depression, anxiety and  unnessecary pain and suffering, life a constant battle, some wrongly prescribed, stuck in an endless loop of frustration, some get tired of fighting.
The tory government smiles and empathy is silenced, they do the worst for everyone, especially those ostracised  or who daily suffer. On this day Mental Health provisions and services are now being cut, the compassionate side of our government is not easy to see. . Today  I try to think of others, we should try and show understanding,  no judgement today......  I think that's how it should be..... think for yourself, but lend sometimes, someone a helping hand, small gestures can be amazingly  worthwhile, say hello to a stranger, spread love instead of hate,  but for future's health.... kick out the Tories. Formulate new ideas, spread understanding, through tolerance and yeah sometimes it takes a lot and lot of patience. Remember theirs more than one way. Having awareness is one thing, but theirs still a long road untill the mentally ill get acceptance. As the gap between the rich and poor mounts, and the governments extreme  austerity measures, sadly anxiety will only increase. We must resist this.
In our age there is no such thing as ' keeping out of politics'. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly , hatred and schizophrenia. Now what does that scenario remind me off.

Counting the Mad

This one was put in a jacket,
This one was sent home,
Rhis one was given bread and meat
But would eat none,
And this one cried No No No No
All day long

This one looked at the window
As though it were a wall,
This one saw hings that were not there,
This one things that were,
And this one cried No No No No
All day long

This one thought himself a bird,
This one a dog,
And this one thought himself a man,
An ordinary man,
And cried and cried No No No No
All day long

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