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1/ Poetry for mental health? We have the evidence! In this #CAMHthreaducation🧵 celebrating #PoetryMonth, #CAMHLibrary📚 shares research resources that shows the poetic side of #mentalhealth support.
#NPM2019 #MentalHealthIsHealth
2/ Sarah Bonato, CAMH librarian 👩🏻‍💻: April is #NationalPoetryMonth, the largest literary celebration in the world! Reading and writing poetry has a role in mental health as it can help with coping, growth, healing, mindfulness, recovery & transformation.
3/ SB 👩🏻‍💻: Both clinicians and mental health consumers/survivors have written poetry to capture lived experience. (See Poetry and Peer Support, from @cbcradio cbc.ca/radio/whitecoa… & Prize Winning Poet Turns Psychiatry into Art from @APA_Publishing psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.11…)
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Sometimes things come together, unplanned, in ways that just work well (thread).

The last three poems we read for our “poem-a-day” this #poetrymonth:

1. “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost
2. “Famous,” Naomi Shihab Nye
3. “Native Tongue,” Micah Bournes

#aplangchat
Background: I put together a packet of daily poems, in no particular order.

Criteria: poems previous Ss have liked, poems I personally love, and some Ss-suggested poems (oh, and almost all by poets of color because, well, #DisruptTexts).
Ss pointed out how these last three poems all asked readers to consider a different perspective, challenged them to rethink their own assumptions.

Re: “Mending Wall,” Ss pointed out how reading this poem takes on additional meaning given current admin’s rhetoric. Ahem...👇🏽
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I'm doing #NaPoWriMo - I won't share the draft poems cos I like some sheltering privacy to write freely, but I love seeing other people's prompts and starting points, so I'll share mine too.
Day 1 of #NaPoWriMo (yesterday; haven't done today's yet): I wrote a draft of a list poem, listing one experience in terms of just its sounds, just its sights, etc. It was a really interesting exercise because I was writing about chronic pain but not about the actual sensations.
Day 2 of #NaPoWriMo: my #writingprompts came from my partner who suggested I wrote him a poem, and gave me two options: "futility", and "waiting for summer". I used both, for a free-write free-verse poem.
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