Words Are a Powerful Tool for Mental Health Awareness

Words Are A Powerful Tool When It Comes To Mental Health

As mental health awareness week draws to a close, we learnt that words can be a powerful toolAnd that speaking up and seeking help, can be the start of the journey to good mental wellbeing. And so at a spoken word and music event held at Portsmouth's Square Tower , poets and musicians shared how issues surrounding this subject inspired their creativity.

Posted by That's TV Solent on Tuesday, 21 May 2019


Louisa Campbell and her new poetry collection, THE WARD which brings to life her experiences both as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and psychiatric patient. Peopl with catatonia, schizophrenia, depression, paranoia, mania, anorexia and alcoholism speak out from the pages, as well as the nurses trying to care for them.

John O’Donaghue – the author of the memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009) which was awarded MIND Book of The Year 2010. His most recent book is The King from the Water, 26 linked short stories set during his childhood summer holidays in Ireland, publishes by the Wild Geese Press in March 2019. He was Chair of Survivors’ Poetry 2000-2005 and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.

With music from:

Crossing the Line: an eclectic mix ranging from Americana, blue grass to folk and blues …
Martin Heys: guitar, harmonicas, vocals
Martin Kennard: bass, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, harmonicas, vocal and much more!
Nick Manley: mandolin, guitar, vocals

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