Stares and Glares Outside the Mental Health Hospital, prose by Luke Caley at Spillwords.com

Stares and Glares Outside the Mental Health Hospital

Stares and Glares Outside the Mental Health Hospital

written by: Luke Caley

 

Just an ordinary day outside the mental health hospital gates. Chain smoking Colin might smoke more than 20 a day and you might see my homeless looking mate drinking cider begging for one pound or 50 pence. Despite the perceptions of social media and your newspaper news, if you spend a day in our shoes you might realise we are knowledgeable, insightful, caring, and fun to be around. If you took away the voices and trauma and the public perceptions, you’d realise we’re a lot more worthy than a diagnosis and a bunch of data filed away. A lot of us just need more motivation, education, and opportunities.

Just an ordinary day outside the mental health hospital gates. Kirsty attended English lessons for free although she struggled along with the potential to change a lot. Last time we heard she was on her way to becoming a lawyer. Graham was the best teacher around, thumbs up every time. Despite the perceptions of social media and your newspaper news, if you spend a day in our shoes you might realise we are knowledgeable, insightful, caring, and fun to be around. If you took away the voices and trauma and the public perceptions, you’d realise we’re a lot more worthy than a diagnosis and a bunch of data filed away. A lot of us just need more motivation, education, and opportunities.

Just an ordinary day outside the mental health hospital gates. My friend Jason would play the guitar and make it look easy every time. While Kevin would inspire us all with ‘The Times They Are a-Changin” and Bob Dylan songs on the acoustic guitar. Gray was a friend although he needed a little help and guidance, he was ok you know. Despite the perceptions of social media and your newspaper news, if you spend a day in our shoes you might realise we are knowledgeable, insightful, caring, and fun to be around. If you took away the voices and trauma and the public perceptions, you’d realise we’re a lot more worthy than a diagnosis and a bunch of data filed away. A lot of us just need more motivation, education, and opportunities.

Luke Caley

Luke Caley

Hi, I am a poet who wants to share my perceptions and stories on growing up and overcoming addiction and mental health. I want to share my views on the world and help people see how aspirations can help create a better life and that life really is what we make of it despite our struggles, trials, and tribulations.
Luke Caley