Cover up, A Poem by a North Lanarkshire Young Person

A poem by Sophie McGrath on self-harm.

Trigger Warning: This poem contains information about self-harm.

See, sometimes we just can’t see it and sometimes we just don’t know
Because these people know how to hide it
So that it’s really hard and just doesn’t show.

You see, the scars are hidden under t-shirts, jumpers and more
And, just because we don’t see it
Doesn’t mean it’s not sore.

These people just don’t like their self,
They’ve seen the sense
But they don’t want help.

Depression is in your head, but trying to tell them that
It’s like talking to the walking dead.

They paint a nice picture, but the story has a twist
The paintbrush is a razor and the paper is her wrist.
Today is the day TO STOP pretending you’re okay.

Support

If you’ve been impacted by the content of this poem, there is help and support available. Take a look at our who to contact for mental health support article with a range of support organisations that you can get in touch with by email, phone, text or online. You might also want to take a look at our video series with Place2Be about self-harm and suicide.

Young Scot supports young people to share their own voices, views and opinions and works with partner organisations and professionals who are experts in different topics. The views expressed in this blog are those of the young people, organisations and/or individuals who have taken part in the blog, not necessarily the views of Young Scot.

Young Scot supports young people to share their own voices, views and opinions and works with partner organisations and professionals who are experts in different topics. The views expressed in this blog are those of the young people, organisations and/or individuals who have taken part in the blog, not necessarily the views of Young Scot.

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