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Children shouting in the street:
You're a mental idiot! - What a treat!
They call me names their mothers taught them -
Oh, what ignorance, to heck with the lot of them!
But, strictly speaking, that's not true:
The stigma hurts me through and through.
Sometimes it makes me cry
When I hear a passer-by
Say: it's a sin
They've been in the loony bin!
The truth is one in four
That mental illness will land at your door.
It shows in many a different way:
Some people can't speak about the way that they feel,
Others shout and swear at passers-by.
It could be a chemical imbalance in the brain,
It could be that living is a strain.
No matter what the answer may be
They are all people - like you and me.


Do you self harm?

Yes - 49.4%
No - 18.3%
Used to but stopped - 32.1%