Dolly Sen pays tribute to Amita Patel / 16 August 2010
I am well aware of the statistic that states one in ten people with serious mental health difficulties will commit suicide. But statistics are for the safe and sound, statistics turn human hearts into empty numbers.
They don't say one in ten people are failed by the mental health service, they don't say one in ten sensitive, kind hearts couldn't take any more of the cruelty and selfishness of the world, or that one in ten talented, artistic people will no longer create.
Two lovely people, two fellow artists, two fellow fighters of the system, two people who I had the hugest respect for, ended their lives in the last few weeks. It has done two things: it has both stoked the fire that will keep me fighting for equality; but it has also left me cold.
Amita Patel was both a writer and an activist. We both shared a love of writing, and when it came to protest the closing down of a culturally sensitve service, I held the left pole of the placard, and she held the right. Survivors Poetry have paid tribute to her on their website
One in ten thoughts will kill you, one in ten people will love you, one in ten words will sing you song, Goodbye friends.
Keywords: disability art,mental health,poetry