About eating disorders Men and boys A Poem for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 The Dread (A poem about living with depression) Each day when I wake in the morning The Dread’s lying there by my side With its arms wrapped tightly around me Squeezing all of my air from inside The Dread looks at my day laid before me And whispers that I’ll never cope Its heavy fingers slide round my throat My breath’s shallow, I feel I could choke The Dread brings up all of my old mistakes Reminisces about each time I’ve failed Reminds me of all opportunities missed Sucks the wind from out of my sails It urges me never to take a risk But to stay where it’s easy and safe Tells me that I’ll never cope with a change That I should just stay in one place At mealtimes The Dread holds both of my wrists Stops me lifting the Food to my lips Takes the flavour away from all that I eat Wrings my stomach in its vice-like grip In the mirror, it leers over my shoulder And mocks that I’m ugly and fat Whispers to me that I should be ashamed To have features as grotesque as that But listen here Dread, there’s one thing you should know I’m afraid that you don’t have me beat I’m stronger than you give me credit for This fight won’t end in my defeat So each morning I’ll fight a fresh battle To banish The Dread from my day But I’ll never give up or surrender Until I finally can send it away Rob Simpson My name is Rob and I'm aware of all the wonderful work that you do and know that you have helped several of my friends over the years. I have had struggles with my mental health over the years and part of this has been a lot of issues with food and eating. I love to write poetry in my spare time and recently decided to write something about my experiences in this area. I thought it might be useful to share my experiences in the hope that it might help someone else who uses your wonderful service. I strongly believe that talking about mental health issues is the best way to banish the stigma that surrounds them. I hope you like the poem. Keep up the great work.