Mental Health & Me

From Bumps to Babies – Perinatal Mental Health Care in Wales research report launched

On June 12th I attended the Perinatal Mental Health Care in Wales research report. Myself and over 70 people, including health and social care practitioners, academics, policy makers, third sector organisations and women and their partners with experience of perinatal mental health problems, came to Cardiff to celebrate the launch of the Perinatal Mental Health …

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 – My Story (trigger warning)

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 takes place from 26 February to 4 March. As most of my readers are aware, I live with mental illness. Being diagnosed with Bipolar at 20 years old and then an Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder recently, I have raised awareness and spoke about my life living with these conditions. What …

A Child Inside by Sharon Shaw – Book review – Blog Tour

I have just finished reading A Child Inside by Sharon Shaw. A Child Inside: understanding, healing and freedom following childhood abuse and trauma, is written by Sharon Shaw, a respected psychotherapist; specialising in cases of childhood sexual, emotional and mental abuse. The book is written from a lived experience. Her early life is shared with readers in this …

New Report Suggests 1 in 4 Pregnant Women Have Mental Health Problems – It’s not only depression

1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems. A new King’s College London study published Thursday 4 January in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that 1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems. This is more common than previously thought – but two simple questions can help identify these problems so that …

Its International fathers mental health day tomorrow – Dads need support too!

Tomorrow is International fathers mental health day. The day was foundered by my friend Mark Williams after he spoke out about his struggles with mental health after witnessing the traumatic birth of his son. Mark’s life was turned upside down after the birth of his son. Both Mark and his wife were suffering from anxiety . …

Our first Christmas just us four – Is it ‘normal’ to feel sad?

Christmas 2016 is the first Christmas that I have not spent with family; that’s not including my husband and two boys. We have always spent the Christmas Holidays with immediate family and sometimes Grandparents and Cousins. These Christmas’s are filled with great memories, laughter and some years tears. Christmas 2016 is different; this year it …

My story – Postpartum Psychosis and Postnatal anxiety – Welsh Mummy Blogs

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 20 years old. When I was 25 I became pregnant with my first child. As soon as the booking midwife noticed that I had bipolar she referred me to Cardiff perinatal mental health team. The midwife said that I had an increased risk of suffering a bipolar episode …