I love poems but rarely do I pick up a poetry book and read it. However, having inspired one of the poems in the book and knowing Charlene personally through blogging, I really wanted to check it out. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
I really look up to Charlene for being so open about her mental health on Twitter and on her blog and I’m even more in awe of her for being able to express her deepest feelings so articulately through poetry.
Melancholy Mind takes the reader from the onset of depression right up to recovery with everything from insomnia to medication in between. It’s an extremely raw, real look at depression and anxiety and it’s a really fascinating look at mental illness from such a personal perspective. I especially loved that the book was split into topics and that it felt much more positive by the final chapter: Recovery.
It’s so clear that Charlene worked so hard on this poetry book and the hard work has definitely paid off because it’s a wonderful slice of Charlene’s mind.
I think it’s a great read for anyone with depression and anxiety, or anyone who knows someone with a mental illness. Although it is not a self-help book, I think Melancholy Mind offers support, hope and understanding for those who need it.
I also think it’s a really good book for those people who think they don’t like poetry. A lot of the poems are less formal and read more like words of wisdom than traditional poetry so I’d definitely recommend giving it a read even if you don’t think poetry is for you.