It takes strength for a man to cry – a poem by Anthony Marvell

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After seeking treatment at Nightingale Hospital for anxiety and mental health issues, ex-patient Anthony Marvell is now a very different man.

Under the expert care of Nightingale Hospital’s Medical Director, Dr William Shanahan, Anthony was able to find the strength needed to address his mental health issues.

“Dr William Shanahan is an incredible human being, and without his support and therapy, I don’t think I would be here today to tell my story.

He saved me, and made me realise that I had everything to live for.”

before and after

Although Anthony explains every day takes “work”, his “dark thoughts are no longer controlling my life.”

Inspired by the care of Nightingale Hospital’s medical director, the distinguished Dr William Shanahan, Anthony now feels inspired to break down the stigma surrounding mens health.

He has penned the below moving poem, in an effort to support other men struggling with mental health issues.

It’s takes strength for a man to cry.

It’s takes strength for a man to cry.

Weakness isn’t evaluated by you being able to show your true feelings and emotions.

There is more damage created to a mans mind if we do not open up, do not show our hurt and do not express our sadness if we keep it locked up deep and dark inside.

A strong man should not listen to or believe those that say ‘crying is for girls’.

Crying is good for releasing all of the pain,

For relieving ourselves from those bad memories in our brain.

Crying is good to stop keeping us from going insane.

If you are not strong it doesn’t make you less of a man,

So don’t beat yourself up and punish yourself.

Let all of your emotions out after falling to the floor,

Pick yourself back up and then find that inner strength once more.

Don’t suffer in silence.

Don’t suffer at all.

There can always be someone there for you at the other end of the call.

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