Is it really ok to not be ok??

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It’s Maternal  Mental Health Week and as such, I’ve been seeing this slogan on an hourly basis – “It’s ok to NOT be ok” Really – is it really OK to not be OK? It took me some time to really understand what it was saying. I remember one of my friends (another warrior), point […]

Perinatal Mental Health Debate at the House of Lords

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I was so pleased to be invited to the House of Lords on the 7th June 2016 with over 70 campaigners including those with lived experience, health care professionals, academics, voluntary organisations, artists were invited to a debate on Perinatal Mental Health.  This was chaired by Baroness Kennedy (QC) and organised by Sanchita Islam at […]

What I learned in London….

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A weekend was spent with, what I strongly believe to be, the most influential people working in Perinatal Mental Health and I’ve come back feeling inspired, motivated and know that what I’m doing is there to make the biggest of differences to expectant and new parents. Many of us volunteer for grass-root, peer support organisations […]

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Finding your tribe

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Growing up – we are surround by our tribe – our school friends, our college/university/work friends, people you meet in classes and groups, our family, random people you meet that pop into your life – this is your tribe – people who you CHOOSE to spend time with.  Those you spend your time laughing, dancing, […]

Time to start listening

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I posted an article yesterday on Facebook about postpartum rage.  Something I’m sure the VAST majority of mothers (and fathers) have felt – even if you won’t admit openly about it.  I don’t think it’s a positive emotion to feel nor something that’s ‘OK’ but it’s probably fairly ‘normal’ and I feel it’s a warning sign […]

Overcoming PND guilt

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Checking out my webstats this week – someone arrived at my page with the search terms ‘Overcoming PND Guilt’.  Interesting – what is it we should guilty about? You see – in my experience of supporting mums via NurtureMe, via support groups I run for twins club and Juno Edinburgh, via the twitter family/FB groups […]