Around 1 in 5 women will experience a mental health problem either during pregnancy or after giving birth. It can be really difficult to open up about a mental health problem at this point in life - a new mother might feel pressure to be happy, or worry that others may not think she's able to look after her child. Read these stories to hear personal perspectives about perinatal mental illness and the misconceptions that people have about it. 

Post-natal depression shouldn't be a taboo subject

Blogger GemmaMy name is Gemma and I am 34 years old. I suffered with post-natal depression after having my first child four years ago and I want to share my experience. This isn’t an easy thing to write about, I guess because it’s a very personal experience.

Speaking out about my experiences of post-natal depression

Part of My Story

In 1991, after the beginning of my life plan, my husband and I felt we were in the right place in our life to start a family. Met, fell in love, bought a house, married, you know the story.

My friends didn't know how to react to my postpartum psychosis

Here’s a big question: what does the experience of mental illness stigma feel like?

For me, the stigma of mental illness (and particularly the stigma of being admitted to a psychiatric hospital) meant that I spent the best part of three months in said hospital, with only one single visit from a friend. No get well soon cards, no grapes, no flowers.

Talking openly about postnatal depression

I am currently on the road to recovery, stepping out of that darkness of postnatal depression. My son is now 2 years, 8 months old. l now love him with the passion you imagine a mother should love their child; imagination can be very different to reality.

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