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Revealing the struggle behind her success

WELL-known St Helens poet Lynn Gerrard is famed for her sharp wit and dark humour, but behind the moniker she faces some serious and deep-rooted mental health issues.

 

As part of our We Can! women's wellbeing campaign, we spoke to Lynn - aka the Grumbling Gargoyle -, who has forged a career out of expression and performance despite struggling with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and OCD, which leave her unable to leave home alone.

 

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POET Lynn Gerrard joined pupils from the council's tuition service to get creative to help raise awareness of mental health challenges faced by young people.

 

Lynn, who has battled mental health issues herself, visited the pupils of the service at the Beacon Building on College Street, which helps pupils with complex and medical needs return to mainstream provision.

 

The children took part in poetry workshops to explore free verse and the cathartic liberation which poetry writing can provide.

 

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Lynn helps pupils get creative Lynn launches 'Musings and Mischief' at Central Library

ST HELENS poet Lynn Gerrard launched her latest book at St Helens Central Library.

 

The poet, also known as 'the grumbling gargoyle', visited the library on World Book Day as part of the new Cultural Hubs - Arts in Libraries programme, introducing her book 'Musings and Mischief'.

 

Packed with her trademark mixture of black and comedic poems and stories, the evening was declared a great success, as Lynn treated fans of her poetry and dark humour to book readings.

 

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CREATIVE writing is helping Lynn Gerrard overcome her fears.

 

‘The Grumbling Gargoyle’ struggles to cope with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder.

 

When her name was announced as the arts award winner on Friday, she was astounded.

 

Lynn said: “I am gobsmacked.

 

“To be nominated was an honour, to be shortlisted was marvellous, but to win this award is such a privilege.”

 

A Stand Up To Stigma project at Central Library which encouraged people to perform comedy routines to raise awareness of mental health ignited her passion for poetry.

 

“Poetry has helped me,” said Lynn.

 

“To write things rather than just pop a pill is my way of trying to deal with my mental health. It is cathartic.”

 

Lynn was invited to lead a poetry workshop with a group of teenagers aged 13 to 15 at the Beacon Centre.

 

She said: “These young people were so incredibly inspiring – they were really wonderful.

 

“I told them not to worry about spelling or grammar.

 

“You need to break boundaries to relax and speak. I wanted to give them freedom to express themselves.”

 

She now hopes to get involved in more community projects.

 

“I want to help other people with mental health issues,” said Lynn.

 

“I have more empathy because of my personal experience.

 

“I can’t go out alone. I have huge support and encouragement from my husband Michael, who goes everywhere with me.”

 

Lynn is releasing her third poetry book in a series of four, Whisperings and Wonderings, on December 8, and is also writing a comedy play about mental health.

 

She has nothing but praise for the help she has received from library, the cultural hub and Arts Council England.

 

“They don’t judge, they just encourage, and that is where the network of support is,” Lynn said.

 

She was thrilled that her poem about St Helens was read out at the awards ceremony.

 

Lynn added: “Just the raw love of my home town, the people and its heritage has really helped me.