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Mental Health Awareness Week

A Poem for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health will affect 1 in 4 of us, 

So raising awareness is a must. 

Nobody should feel they have to suffer alone, 

There is plenty of help at the end of the phone. 

Whether you have anxiety, feel lonely or stressed,

If you feel angry, have body issues or feel depressed, 

Pick up that phone and take the first step, 

Dial the number and speak to a mental health rep. 

Mental Health Helpline Numbers;

Anxiety UK;

Providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

CALM;

This is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Mind;

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans;

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Sane;

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Young Minds;

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

For more information on Mental Health and contact number take a look at the NHS website.

Why not also take a look at my other post –

The benefits of Journaling for children and adults

Ways to help children improve their mental health

Small steps you can take to improve your mental health during lockdown

Self-care tips for busy parents

Cool that Volcano; A book of hope

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A Poem for Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore

Oh how we adore. 

You brighten up our day, 

taking our troubles away. 

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At 99 years of age, 

You set up a just giving page

To raise a £1000 for our NHS, 

You wanted to do your best. 

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You set the task of walking 2.5k

In doing 10 garden laps every day. 

100 laps total was your end goal, 

And you put in your heart and soul. 

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Captain Tom Moore

Oh how we adore, 

You have done more, 

Than we can ever thank you for. 

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You exceeded what you set out to do, 

As your fundraiser grew and grew. 

Your goal is now completed

but you are not remaining seated. 

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You are continuing to walk every day, 

Until your 100th birthday, 

You have raised 25 million for your cause, 

And deserve the biggest round of applause. 

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Captain Tom Moore, 

Oh how we adore, 

Your a true inspiration 

You fill us with admiration. 

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You have done more for us than anyone, 

Your inspiration will forever live on. 

If fighting for us in the war wasn’t enough, 

You have now raised millions for the NHS trust. 

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Your health in recent years has not been the best, 

But you didn’t just give up and take a rest, 

No you pushed on in our time of need, 

A knighthood you deserve the nation is agreed. 

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Captain Tom Moore, 

Oh how we adore. 

No one has inspired us more, 

than you ‘Sir’ Captain Tom Moore. 

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Poem for an amazing mum

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Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes and how it can help reluctant readers

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Lockdown Poems

The very talented artist and illustrator Stephanie Jayne contacted a few of the authors that she has illustrated books for and challenged us all to write a short poem or story that she would then illustrate to keep all our creativity flowing during this period of lockdown. 

We all rose to the challenge and the results are pure brilliant.

The rhymes written by Nicky Gilbody and Sarah Morrell are fabulous and teamed with Stephanie’s wonderful illustrations they provide some humour and positivity in a time when we all need it most. 

Poem written by Nicky Gilbody – 

There are pigeons on my fence, in sunshine making hay,

They canoodle more than rabbits, randy buggers come what may,

They’re at it almost all day long, I wish they’d go away,

Just imagine if we joined them – what would the neighbours say?

Illustration by Stephanie Jayne

Poem written by Sarah Morrell

I wake up every morning with my poor head in a spin

Because again I have no clue which weekday I am in.

My legs- they ache- my stomach hurts and then there are my arms,

As Wicksey has me hopping high- I can’t resist his charms.

Then I try to teach my kids just how to read and write,

Which lasts for thirty seconds as they start to moan and fight.

Cue the crafts to ease the mood which always calms them down,

As YouTube shows us how to make a royal paper crown.

We paint and draw we glue and stick and keep ourselves amused

And end up with a sticky crown that’s too small to be used.

By lunchtime I feel tired and worn but thank my lucky stars

That they haven’t found the glitter yet or worse still the guitars.

An afternoon of baking and the garden to stay fit

Is the only way to keep our minds off all this awful s**t.

As night draws in we read our books and snuggle in together

When I wish that I could pause the clock and stay right here forever.

Illustration by Stephanie Jayne

Poem written by Cheryl Lee-White aka The Simple Mum

When times are tough, 

and you feel you have had enough,

it’s important that we all stick together, 

to ride out this stormy weather. 

You may be isolated inside your home, 

that doesn’t mean you need to be alone, 

send a picture, an email or call a friend, 

with virtual love there really is no end. 

Dig deep and find your inner rainbow. 

Then let that love and positivity flow. 

Spread those positive vibes far and wide, 

sending out happiness to others while staying inside.

Illustration by Stephanie Jayne

This was a great challenge and activity to help keep us all creating and busy so a big thank you to Stephanie Jayne for organising it. We have all got to know each other through our wonderful publisher Blue Falcon Publishing. If you want to see more about the authors and illustrators then take a look at their children’s books below –

Children’s books by Sarah Morrell

Children’s books by Nicky Gilbody’s

Children’s book written and illustrated by Stephanie Jayne

Children’s books written by Cheryl Lee-White

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Why not also read my other posts –

Poem for an amazing mum

Pete the Cheeky Parakeet! My journey to getting my first book published

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes and how it can help reluctant readers

Interview with children’s book publisher Justin Davis of Blue Falcon Publishing

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A Poem for An Amazing Mum

Mum you will always be by my side,

With the unconditional love that you provide,

Millions of kisses you have showered upon me,

To your family you are a true devotee,

You are my saviour through dark times,

That is why I love you longtime.