Glenn Merrilees By Glenn Merrilees, 7th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This piece is based on my experiences of suffering from poor mental health and epilepsy.

mental health

I've been stigmatised and traumatised
through no fault of my own
bestowed with dirty labels
flesh ripped from the bone.

look!!! he's an epileptic
depressed and lazy too
never worked a day in years
still signing on the broo.

I want to tell my story
i promise you no games
i'll give to you the details
but i'll withold all the names.

there's some jobs i did years ago
epilepsy sealed my fate
sacked for taking seizures
sacked for running late.

running late, i'd took a seizure
i was bloodied, ill, and sare,
i'd try my best to make it in
but they didn't seem to care.

application form, no mention
of my illness no-one knew
i never would have got those jobs
they'd have changed their point of view.

a gift... unwanted labels
madman, weirdo, worse,
but remember i'm a victim
depressions sickly curse.

i've been stigmatised and traumatised
for what... i've done no crime
labels thrust upon me
now i've got to serve the time.

i'm a victim, i'm a target
depressions deadly curse
your looks, your twisted whispers,
it only makes it worse.

we've got to stop this stigma
wipe it off the planets face
we're just people with an illness
part of the human race.


Epileptic, Mental Abuse, Mental Anguish, Mental Health, Mental Health Awarenessepilepsy, Mental Illness, Stigma

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author avatar Glenn Merrilees
I'm a 48 year old scotsman and a mental health awareness activist. I'm also a multi- award winning multi- published (NOT self published) poet. i have read my work at conferences all over Scotland,

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

I'm sorry for all those suffering from such ailments. Fortunately there is better treatment now for some of this illness. However, the stigma shows the lack of sensitivity on the part of people who show it. A fine poem. I hope it's not autobiographical.

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