Author: Wendy Tuxworth
April is National Poetry Month, so I thought I would put together a list of 5 poetry books that talk about mental health. I know poetry isn’t for everyone, but I would seriously consider giving these a go! Some of them are really accessible for people who don’t think that poetry is ‘for’ them. (I’m kind-of like that too!)
Our Numbered Days by Neil Hillborn
You might have seen a video of Neil Hillborn’s poem OCD – it went viral a couple of years ago. In this collection he talks more about mental health with poems such as ‘The Sadness Factory’ and ‘Not Dead’. Give the video below a listen for a taste of what his poetry is like.
She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox
I’ve reviewed this poetry collection before, so I’ll be brief – these poems talk about love, mental health, body image, and growing up into a woman. I connected with every single one of these poems.
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Content warning: mentions of suicide
I couldn’t write this list without mentioning my favourite, Sylvia Plath. Yes, she’s a classic. But she’s a classic for a reason. If you haven’t tried her poetry yet, I’d seriously encourage you to do so. There’s so much emotion in her words that ‘getting’ the meaning behind them doesn’t really matter.