Debora shapes depression into poetry

Last week’s 2018 Mental Health Awareness Week, focusesed on stress (see links below offering stress busting advice and stories of resilience).

Debora Guedes has found an antidote not just to the stressful days of life but to help her move on from the enduring depression she has suffered for much of her young life. A Mosaic Clubhouse Member for the past two years, 25-year-old Debora recently took part in the Young Adult Poetry Project – a six-week sojourn into the spoken word funded by the Sir Walter St John Educational Charity and Arts Admin.

One of the most important things was learning alongside working poet Deanna Rodger. “She taught us a lot about how to make your poems more personal, and about timing, “ says Debora who uses depression and her favourite Willow tree as inspiration in her work Mine, printed below.

“I love all trees but She is my favourite… “. And, as her poem outlines ‘the one who inspires me to write’.

Debora explains that her enduring depression comes from childhood trauma… “a lot of bad things happened to me when I was a child and as a result I started to self harm… “

As well as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) becoming a Clubhouse member helped her. “I guess coming here helped me to understand how I was feeling, I met others who understood and were just normal like me,” she says reflecting on the words of her favourite poet, Charles Bukowski

The area dividing the brain and the soul
is affected in many ways by
experience –
Some lose all mind and become soul:
insane.
Some lose all soul and become mind:
intellectual.
Some lose both and become:
accepted.
Lifedance

Future plans

The poetry project is just one of the innovative ways that Mosaic works with young people, other plans are on the horizon, so watch this space…

Mosaic’s ethos to help people stay resilient through the tough times means that Debora is “staying strong… I don’t have a choice; I recently broke my leg, I have battled cancer and I am still here.”
Karen Hooper

Debora’s poem
Mine

She may be wrinkled with a thousand scars,
and though she may not speak,
she will always show you her memoirs,
Some may be infused with happiness,
and some bittersweet.
She’s rusty and majestic,
with a noble descent,
she is the epitome.

She holds wisdom and might,
the one who inspires me to write,
Enlightenment and stability pours from her.
Forever keeping me humble,
she’s never out of sight.
She is all, 
substantially different,
they come as a pack.
Roots rigidly entwined raising raw emotion,
she obtains an unspoken ocean.

She is infinitely mine,
she is my life line.
She tells me,
that she can always see,
what my heart wants me to be,
Just be like me,
Inhale a sapling,
exhale a willow tree.
Debora Guedes

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Here’s a video we shared on our Facebook page yesterday:

Christine: 'I kept depression hidden for decades'

"There were times where I could have finished it. I could have said ‘enough is enough’ you’re not listening to me. You don’t see me, you don’t hear me, you don’t help me."Christine kept her depression hidden until she was 60. Since joining recovery centre Mosaic Clubhouse she feels stronger than ever.

Posted by The i Paper on Monday, May 14, 2018

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