Lynn's poetry book to help mental health sufferers

A FORMER patient at mental health ward in Morpeth has compiled a book of her own and fellow patients' poems to help other sufferers realise they are not alone.

Lynn Harle published A-cute Anthology at her own cost after she was encouraged by a fellow patient at St George's Hospital in Morpeth, to write a poem.

Lynn went on to write 90 poems in two days and these were soon joined by poems written by other people with mental health problems.

Lynn said: "I honestly believe that this book helps people in letting them know that they are not alone in suffering with mental health issues.

"I have had a good response from people who have bought a copy as those people can actually relate with many of the poems and they are not all doom and gloom, but instead show a mixture of feelings on a variety of subjects."

Lynn has also compiled a second book which will be published as soon as she can raise the money, and is working on a third which she is hoping even more writers will contribute to.

You can send your works to Lynn at the address below and you can be anonymous if you so wish.

To contact Lynn or to buy the book, write to User & Carer Voice, St George's Park, Morpeth, NE61 2NU or call (01670) 501818.

The book costs 5 (incl p&p), which includes donations of 50p each to the Embleton ward clients' social fund at St George's Park and the MHF Unit in Staveley, Chesterfield.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Lynn Harle, c/o User & Carer Voice.