Maternal Mental Health
Don’t be afraid 1 in 5 of us mums in the UK have a mental illness.
What about us?
I was sat in my local hospital’s ante natal clinic waiting area. I’d just had my 12 week scan for baby number 4. I had a huge 10 year gap between my previous 3 children and since then was now officially diagnosed with mental illnesses. I sat there feeling a little scared. I eagerly scanned the notice boards and posters looking for support and help for someone like me. There was an abundance of information from everything you could think of that might affect mums to be and new mums. So much advice and support; breastfeeding, domestic violence, coping with twins, group B strep the list went on and on. But what about us?
You are not alone, I got you!
I couldn’t find anything for mums with mental illnesses!
No poster, no information leaflet, nothing. Where was the information to help us crazy mums? This is something I had to change. In April 2019 I created my very own campaign that coincided with that years ‘maternal mental health awareness week’. I want other mums to be, to sit in the waiting room and know that they too can get help and support. So, I contacted mums in my mental health support group and they helped me to make this amazing campaign poster. We are using our faces, and our stories, to show other mums and mums to be that they are not alone. I campaigned tirelessly and had some great results in my local area. So, many organisations put the campaign poster up, including the local hospital ante natal clinic! I even got myself on the news of my local radio station too (click here to listen to it). Every year, I plan on making sure the posters are still up and trying to get even more places across the nation, to get the poster in their waiting rooms. I want to make this poster a feature nationally across ante natal clinics, baby weigh in groups, nursery etc you name it I want mums to see us and feel supported. Then there is this page, right here. One place full of support, information and guidance on maternal mental health.
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