You’ve been struggling with your mental health, it’s been hard, you finally gather the strength to take the incredibly brave step to ask for help only to be told it’s at least a 6 month wait for therapy. What a knock back this is. I find it unbelievably frustrating as a peer support worker, and… Continue reading 5 Things To Do While Waiting For Therapy
Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Awareness course for health care professionals, and those who support families. November 3rd & 4th, Canvey Island, Essex. Ourselves here at Lotus Petal Family Support have teamed up with 'From My Womb To My Heart' to create a two day course focusing on Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health.… Continue reading End Silence & Stigma – Baby Loss & Perinatal Mental Health Course
I've been well now for nearly 3 years. Recovery is individual to everyone but one thing we all know is it isn't an easy, straight road. Here I share what I've learnt from my own difficult moments and relapses. I've had two main 'relapses' when it came to my postnatal mental health. The first was… Continue reading What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…
Life is full of ups and downs, one minute we can be feeling steady, and the next we can be blindsided by events that leave us hanging on. What's important to remember is that this is the same for everyone, whether struggling with a mental illness or not. When we have managed to get to… Continue reading Walking Life’s Tightrope…
**Trigger Warning - contains talk of intrusive, disturbing thoughts** OCD affected me in my late teens, with therapy I got it under control but after having my baby, I was struck with PND & anxiety and they brought along Maternal OCD for the ride too. I was surprised to see I hadn't written much about… Continue reading Maternal OCD – My Worst Nightmares
Experiencing a perinatal mental illness affects everyone in different ways, for some it's like a flick of a switch and for others it's a gradual decline of their mental health. There are times in our lives where we have the version of ourselves before an event and a version after. For me there have been… Continue reading Flick of a switch
My first taste of motherhood wasn't what I hoped. My daughter is nearly 5 and it's taken me the best part of 4 of those years to make peace with the desperate sense of loss I felt at not enjoying the first precious years with my baby. In previous posts I've explained how postnatal depression… Continue reading Moving on after Postnatal Depression..
Although I am recovered, I think I will always have some degree of anxiety left behind. It's normal for everyone to have anxiety, it's dates back to our caveman days when we sensed danger, our body pumped extra adrenaline giving us our fight or flight response. Obviously we don't really need this anymore, but when… Continue reading Anxiety After Recovery ..
Recently my husband wrote a guest blog with a couple of tips for partners supporting a new mum through postnatal depression. Following on from that I sat down and chatted with my mum about what it was like from her perspective. I didn't realise I was unwell for the first 6 months, then I hid… Continue reading When Your Daughter Has Postnatal Depression…
Looking back over my past blog posts I was surprised to see I hadn't written about this, especially as it was probably the most life altering part of my illness. Agoraphobia is described by the NHS website as 'a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or that help wouldn't be available if… Continue reading Agoraphobia: My experience & Recovery