Sunday September 27, 2020

We feel the sting
when suffering from a bout
of mental Ill health.

It is toxic and spreads
Throughout our life.
Spoils everything we see
tainting everything we taste
impinging on everything we hear
it is palpable.

We feel the sting
Most acutely
When we self-stigmatize.
There appears to be
nowhere to escape and hide.
It follows us into our refuge
hounding us at every move.

How can we restore
the balance of our emotions
regain our equilibrium?
We can engage in open dialogue
with those with whom
we come into contact.

Perhaps we can broach the topic
of the negative effects of stigma
on our sense of wellbeing.
How their derision
or their apparent avoidance
due to embarrassment
makes us feel
as of no consequence.

We become invisible to many
we fade from our world.
This can be the negative impact
Of stigma on us
from family, friends
and acquaintances.

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