Champions Amy and Lena speak out about their lived experiences to tackle stigma through poetry.
OCD is not what you think,
horrid thoughts that make your heart sink.
Distressing, disturbing and terrifying,
vivid images that just leave you crying.
Making you question everything about yourself,
believing that you are somebody else.
Fearing that the thoughts may come true,
leaving you wondering what should I do.
Over and over the thoughts in my head,
distancing myself and filling me with dread.
My children being cared for by someone other than me,
that’s my way of protecting them you see.
The fear that my children would come to harm,
too scared to tell someone, without raising alarms.
Terrorised by these obsessive thoughts,
taking precious time from us, that can’t be bought.
Stealing the space up in my mind,
I have to believe there’s hope to find.
Getting help is recovery’s start,
obsessions and compulsions it’s time we part.
- written by Champion Amy
It’s Time to Change
It’s time to change
The way we talk
About what’s in our heads.
Our hearts, our minds
With our bodies, connect.
They grow on what they are fed.
We all have mental
Health, it’s not just
A buzz word or a fad
Just because you
Need to talk
It won’t make others mad.
For the one in four
Those who have spoken
There’s strength that can be
Sharing experience lived,
How love, hope
And empathy can abound!
For the general “pop”
Those who don’t or
Can’t imagine how it feels
To be reduced
One’s life and lost ideals;
Remember it matters
The way we talk
To eachother and ourselves (as
We have a choice
To be kind, to encourage
The parts of us most true.
It’s easy to see
To find easy to judge and
But start with one person
Sow seeds of understanding,
We’ll find common ground
- written by Champion Lena