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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Suicide Prevention: a thought (6)

Wake up.
Look around.
Start a conversation.
Caring is the thing that makes us human.

Haiku on Drop/ Best/ Crazy/ Fault


Beware of drop bears
In the Australian bush
Camping a nightmare

Single drop of blood
Gives facial recognition
In new forensics

Childhood taste bud treat
Lemon drops sherbet middles
Mouth watering crunch


Very best wishes
The kindest of all regards
Yours unfaithfully

The best of all worlds
Our search for others gave none
This is it you guys

In my Sunday best
Hang on mate, it's Wednesday


Try to imagine
A world without pin stripe suits
Let us be crazy

Seaside crazy golf
Battered artificial grass
Let frustration go

Open up your heart
Let sunshine brighten your mind
Crazy dark days gone

Relax, laugh out loud
Let others think you crazy
In their twisted minds


Cannot see the fault
To me she is much more harmed
Than other harming

Line drawn in the sand
Cross and it will be your fault
The cracks will appear

Fault in the wiring
Brilliant natural artist
Could not spell his name

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Haiku on Pull/ Help/ Jump/ Remember


Struggle on Fridays
Must pull myself together
Perhaps one more snooze

When first together
I worked hard to cajole you
Now you pull and push

Searching for profits
Banks pull wool over your eyes
Lambs to the slaughter


Help me to help you
I am totally perplexed
By your responses

Bitter little pill
Swallowed with sourest of milk
Does not help really

Help yourself my dear
My love unconditional
Please take what you need


Think before you jump
Is this a good decision
Or simply a whim

He's a good jumper
Wrapping her tight in his arms
Keeping her warm

Trampoline of life
Jump till we overbalance
Laughing as we learn


The plot, remember?
On the 5th of November
Guy Fawkes, gunpowder

I remember you
Can’t quite get your name
So when did we meet?

Still I remember
The moment you and I met
Fifty years ago

Suicide Prevention: A thought (5)

World Suicide Prevention Day - Today, Tomorrow, Any and Every Day. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Essays on Prevention in Mental Health


Rather, it is a series of essays over 20 years trying to work out how to apply principles of prevention to a range of everyday mental health problems we all come across.

It WILL challenge your thinking.

A compilation of published work about prevention in mental health from 1995-2004

ESSAYS  On Prevention in Mental Health
Essays on Prevention in Mental Health
Best known for his work in prevention of suicide in young people, Graham has researched the problem and possible solutions since 1987.
This book brings together papers and editorials reflecting development of ideas about Promotion of Mental Health, Prevention of Mental Illness, and Early Intervention (PPEi) over the years 1995-2014. The book also acts, in part, as an historical record of the development of the nationally funded Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (AusEinet, 1997-2009).These ‘Essays’ are written in a direct conversational style, yet grounded in emerging theory and international practice of the time. It is hoped that some of the essays will be of sufficient interest to provoke others to consider the broad implications and applications for prevention in mental health.
324 pages.
Martin, G., 2014. Essays on Prevention in Mental Health. Family Concern Publications, Brisbane

Haiku on Watch/ Wide/ Abandon/ Puny


Time measures itself
Does not need a second hand
To watch time passing

Grumbling second hand
Why I have to watch my time
With you an hour slow

Watch yourself she said
Rolling gently over him
A mirrored ceiling


She had a wide smile
And child-bearing hips to match
Generous spirit

Go on, take a punt
Chance the river in full flood
It only looks wide

The wide open road
Stretched for miles across cultures
Linking east with west


Abandon the stage
All instruments left behind
Coda completed

Abandon Mondays
Never feel the blues again
Cure for depression

Abandon the mine
Seeking the golden sunshine
You share so freely


Such a puny word
With no associations
Sadly no haiku

Charles Atlas promise
Puny into Powerful
It never did work

Cooling off the world
A legislative promise
Puny Carbon tax

Suicide Prevention; a thought (4)

   One way to help someone suicidal, is to build a list of Reasons for Living. You may have to get past the instant response: "None!"
   Don’t be put off by that - like so many people before you. Show your genuine interest by being patient.