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) had postpartum psychosis. Two of us had to stay in a mother and baby unit and all of us suffered in different ways.
I went without treatment for months and as a result it took over a year to feel ‘normal’ again. Another found that postnatal depression hit the family hard and as a result partners/dads were affected by poor mental health. Another mum found past problems resurfaced and a forgotten eating disorder returned. One mum felt so lonely but didn’t know who to turn too.
Wouldn’t think it to look at us now.
Mental illness does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, with this in mind we are now looking for Welsh families to share their stories for a lived experience campaign to end stigma – #itcanhappentoanyone #mbuwales
We hope this campaign will help with the reopening of a mother and baby unit in Wales and support our campaign for better perinatal mental health services in Wales for all members of the affected family.
To end the stigma, we need to share the stories and normalise perinatal mental health difficulties.
Perinatal mental health can affect people from all walks of life, from professionals such as doctors, to the checkout girl at Asda. Perinatal mental health difficulties are not the same for everyone. Some may have psychotic episodes, some may develop an OCD and others may be told its just the baby blues.
However small or big you think your story is, we would love to share it.
If you would like to contribute but find it hard to put into words or write, please let us know as myself or Laura can help.
Please email – [email protected]
Our first story will be published on Mother Day 2019.