Poet's Corner

Positive ways to deal with your mental health

Take a walk

Learn to talk

to friends

make amends

but don’t hold a grudge

against your self or others

write songs live out your dreams

tell jokes send smiles that beam

write action plans


your strengths 

do lengths of the swimming pool

Or fool about

make doubt a stranger

don’t be a lone Ranger

be a friend, join in community events

Do things now in the present tense

Be a compassionate person to yourself

Go on holidays look after your health 

create spaces of beauty 

be determined act resolutely

Learn to love your heart like a precious friend

take care of yourself in this journey follow your own trends.

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.