Many parents suffer alone with post natal depression, silently asking themselves questions they don’t have the answer to: Why me? Why can everyone else cope? Will I ever feel normal again? It’s not supposed to feel like this… is it?
Although medical care is there for a mum with low mood or Post Natal Depression, the peer support generally isn’t. This isolation and feeling of despair can be really damaging, after all how do you explain how you feel to someone who has never felt this way?
That’s why 3 local mums, Melanie, Cath and Rhiannon, who have all experienced post natal depression and come through it, have set up PSP, Parents Supporting Parents, to offer support to people struggling with the realities and difficulties of parenthood. Our aim is to reassure these parents that there is light at the end of that very long dark tunnel and with the right support you can and will get better.
PSP started in September, and has already proved that there is a real need for this service. We offer a confidential and secure environment for mums to share their feelings and seek support. We provide play equipment for the children and babies, a cup of tea and lots of understanding every Thursday from 10-11.30pm at Poynton Children’s Centre.
At present the Children’s Centre are financially supporting the group in the form of an independent health visitor, who attend all group sessions enabling not only peer support but professional support also. Our long term vision is to improve the lives of those suffering with PND, whether it is through conventional counselling or holistic therapists attending the group, hence the current and on-going fund raising events that Cath, Melanie and Rhiannon are co-ordinating.
PSP is committed to making a difference and we want any mum, dad or carer in this difficult position to know there is a place to come and share their difficulties with people who really understand.
If anyone feels they can offer any help or advice to the group please email email@example.com.