Mental Health & Me

Families in Wales, We Need You! – Perinatal Mental Health Stories Wanted

perinatal mental health

A campaign for better perinatal mental health services for all in Wales A couple of weeks back a few mums from Wales had a meeting. We all had something in common, each one of us suffered from perinatal mental health (pmh) difficulties. You wouldn’t think it to look at us, but three of us (myself included) …

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019 – How do parents, carers and friends cope?

Eating disorders

I was gifted a book on eating disorders to review. At 15 I was in the full swing of anorexia, I would survive the day eating one apple or sliced cucumber and water…sometimes a calypso drink if I was feeling dizzy. I would take mass amounts of vitamin tablets but none containing oil. Mum being worried took me …

Managing Mental Illness as a Parent – Brain Fog, Confusion & Memory Problems.

Planning to help mental illness

I have never hidden the truth from my readers that I suffer with mental illness, in fact it was my story about Postpartum Psychosis that started Welsh Mummy Blogs. That one post catapulted me into a world of mental health awareness and it gave me opportunities to train, understand and eventually have the tools available to help …

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 – Anorexia & Bulimia (trigger warning)

Anorexia

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018, I talk openly about anorexia and bulimia. As most of my readers are aware, I live with mental illness. Being diagnosed with Bipolar at 20 years old I have raised awareness and spoke about my life living with mental illness. What I don’t talk about much is an eating disorder. Although …

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 . …