Today marks the beginning of Maternal Mental Health Week and I have just sat down after fifteen hours of being on my feet at one of the most inspirational days of my life to date.
Maternal Mental Health Conference
I am one of the organisers of the NI Maternal Mental Health Conference and today we saw 250 health professionals, parents, volunteers and politicians all come together in the same room to explore the issues new parents are facing when it comes to mental health.
Not only did we hear really raw and powerful stories from women with lived experience, but we also explored ways we can improve the desperate lack of services facing women in the UK and Northern Ireland. We also celebrated those who are making a real difference on the ground.
This evening also saw the launch of my book, Pangs: Surviving Motherhood & Mental Illness. It was such an honour for me to share this special achievement with my family, friends, and children. This has been a real passion project and it’s a story of my journey through mental illness as well as a self-help and resources section to help those who may also be struggling.
Motherhood: The Real Deal
Today also saw a collaboration with the wonderful Talya at Motherhood: The Real Deal. My post, 5 myths about being a mum with mental illness was featured today to highlight some of the stereotypes and stigmas mothers face when dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental illness.
BBC News Interview
I was also interviewed for BBC Radio Ulster about my own experiences as well as the desperate lack of services and how we need to do better.
Changing the world
All in all, today has been about doing what I can to change the world for at least one person. If I can do that, a ripple will grow until eventually, it has enough momentum to change many more lives. I’m so passionate about mental health in new parents (can you tell!?) and it’s such a privilege to be able to use my experiences to help others.
If you are struggling with your mental health, please visit We Are Pangs for resources, self-help guides and more.