Wellbeing Poem and Memoir

Helen shares a poem and short memoir about her own experiences with mental health and wellbeing

I’m a student at Canterbury College, studying Creative Writing Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma (first year) and I take a strong interest in Physiology. I chose to write for the ART31 Campaign as I have personal experiences that I am able to merge into my work. By sharing these stories and emotions, I feel others who are experiencing what I once felt, will feel a sense of relief, knowing that others have felt that way and that they can overcome it.

The Six Word Memoir is just a short and simple reminder that they are going to be okay. From past experience, I know that just a small reminder can help a lot.

The poem is about those who feel so depressed and low that they resort to the idea of self-harm or suicide. I decided to use a rhyme scheme until the last stanza to portray that it can feel like a repetitive cycle of self-hate – never ending. I then break out of that scheme at the end to highlight how, over time, they are able to recover. I speak about their family and all the good memories to remind them that life isn’t as bad as it seems. I tried to include all aspects of it, for example the line ‘Cause we’ve all fallen too’ shows them that, at some point, someone else has felt that. The shell represents their skin or an internal shield, and how every experience cannot be forgotten but embraced as life lessons – only making us stronger.

6 Word Memoir – Well Being

It happened – keep smiling. You’re okay.

Poem: You

You look like humpty-dumpty,
There on that brick wall,
Sitting rather slumpy,
Be careful you don’t fall

But if you lose your balance,
It’s a thing we all do
Stand with such valiance
Cause we’ve all fallen too

Your shell won’t be the same again
And it never will
You might feel a continuous pain
Just please don’t swallow the pill

Your family is beautiful
And your brothers just turned two
The memories non-renewable
He looks up to you

Don’t let it take control of you
And take him out to play
Fate will guide you through it
Just know you’re gonna be okay

Helen Davies

Guest Contributor

I decided to write for ART31 as I have an interest in wellbeing and have experienced situations regarding my mental health. Therefore, I wanted to show my recovery using the power of words, and to allow readers to know that they are not alone.
I'm a student at Canterbury College, studying Creative Writing Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma (first year) and I take a strong interest in Physiology. I chose to write for the ART31 Campaign as I have personal experiences that I am able to merge into my work. By sharing these stories and emotions, I feel other's who are experiencing what I once feel, will feel a sense of relief, knowing that others have felt that way and that they can overcome it.