This week it’s Mental Health Awareness Week
Let’s get rid of the misconceptions and learn the facts
Compassion and understanding is what we seek
Please ask if people are TRULY OK, perform kind acts
Your care and attention does make life less bleak
Mental illness does not mean that a person lacks
In sense or resolve to be well, sufferers aren’t freaks
They walk a tricky path. Please tell them you’ve got their back.

As you may know I have OCD/PTSD and this is a cause close to my heart.
I’ve learned a lot about people and attitudes over the last couple of years and without getting preachy knowledge really does help everyone concerned.

Please keep reading to find about about an inspiring person and charity…

Once We Were Soldiers:

I served 12 years in the Armed Forces, I struggle daily with mental illnesses including symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) I was in a dark place for over 12 years, in 2013 I started to see a glimmer of light from my dark hole and started to crawl towards it! I manage to crawl out of it and brushed myself down! Not long after, I started my own charity called Once, We Were Soldiers we provide help/support for veterans like myself and veterans who are homeless, sleeping rough or on hard times! My poetry is about me, my life, my struggle it is also my therapy! If you would like to see the work me and my team do then you can find us on FaceBook owwsoldiers or you can visit our website http://www.owwsoldiers.co.uk

Have a fab day! Joanne


About Joanne Hayle

I am Joanne Hayle, I love writing. It is the best way to express myself. www.joannehayle.co.uk is my website which links to here. I have O.C.D and P.T.S.D. This site is a testament to the fact that with expert help what can feel like the end of the world, isn't. THANK GOD!! I have books on Amazon, have been included in poetry anthologies and children's books plus a really lovely amount of freelance work. You can also see my children's stories for free on www.childrens-stories.net.

Posted on May 13, 2014, in Mental health, O.C.D, P.T.S.D, poems, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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