Hi everyone and thank you again for visiting my post.
Just want to warn you guys again this post does contain some sensitive material so giving you a trigger warning.
For today’s post I would like to post a review of the book Melancholy Mind written by the talented Charlene Mcelhinney.
This is a book that describes Charlenes personal struggles with mental health through her poetry. One thing that stands out is that mental health is such an increidbly difficult sunject to talk about because it is so personal so I think Charlene and anyone else who talks about mental health deserve credit for being so open and honest. I know from my own personal experiences of mental health that it can be hard talking to those you trust never mind those who you have never heard of.
A lot of the poems in here are hard to read because of the nature of them but at the same time they are beautiful because they are something we can take a lesson from, use for our own education and I believe they will bring hope and comfort to those who are experiencing similar situations and show that they are not alone. I know Charlenes poems are a true and accurate description as someone who was previously diagnosed with a mental health illness myself a lot of her poems also describe how I felt too and it felt relatable to me.
I really like Charlenes poems because not only are they descriptive and powerful, they also make you stop to think and contemplate about the situation and that in itself can teach us empathy and comfort.
One other thing that I really like is how Charlene has structured the into 9 separate chapters (Reality, Symptoms and causes, Love, Insomnia, Medication, Recovery and Coping, Help and Contacts, Blog Snippet and Twitter Reaction). I feel this helps the reader to understand mental illness more and breaks it down into sections rather then just giving a general overview.
I just want to share some of the poems and feedback that Charlene has already received from each up for her chapters
2. Symtoms and Causes
7. Help and Contacts
8. Blog Snippet
9. Twitter Feedback
If you wish to purchase Charlenes book, follow her blog or Twitter account, please see the links below:
Click here for her blog.
Click here for her Twitter account
Charlene also runs a Twitter chat #beechat and click here for a link to their profile.
Click here for the Amazon link to purchase her book.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!