After writing my poem ‘An Open Letter‘ I have felt inspired from having thought about my anxiety as a separate entity. I feel that personifying it made me understand it, and myself, better and that writing directly to a mental illness is a creative technique as well as an emotional outlet for dealing with it.
This has led me to wonder whether other people would find this technique helpful or whether they do (or already have done) something similar.
I’m thinking of using this blog to reach out to people who have mental health issues whether it be:
- Eating disorder (anorexia/bulimia)
- Personality disorder
Of course, there are many more I haven’t mentioned, but these are the main ones that come to mind.
What I would like to do would be to suggest that anyone who has a mental disorder, or any issue at all that they struggle with and try to manage, tries to write something directly to their problem/disorder/illness.
This could take the form of:
- A letter
- A poem
- A short essay/blog post
- A script-like conversation (between the illness and the affected person)
- A short story/flash fiction (involving both as characters)
Again, there are more than this list and it’s down to whatever form appeals the most or feels comfortable.
The aim is to address our issues directly and personify them in a way that opens ourselves up to being honest about how we feel and what struggles we face, by sharing our voice with the problems themselves.
What I want to know is, how many people would be interested in contributing to this project?
I want to gauge interest, so I would encourage you to like/comment on this post and let me know what you think! If I get enough interest then I’ll go about setting something up so that people can submit their letters/poems etc. and hopefully we will end up with a collection of strong,honest, moving pieces that reflect the struggles of having a mental illness.
I look forward to hearing what people think!