Happy Birthday #PNDhour

Happy Birthday!
On Saturday 11th of February, Rosey and all of her courageous mothers celebrated an amazing milestone for their very own #PNDhour. It was recently the groups third birthday and on Saturday lots of Mums and organisations got together in Preston to formally celebrate how far this group really has come.
The online chat runs every Wednesday 8-9pm on Twitter and performs as an online platform for people to speak about the often taboo subject of perinatal mental illness. The group ...

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I want to thank you…

Last week, when talking about my own personal experience of Postnatal Depression, I was asked a question that nobody had ever asked me before…What would I say to those people who had been involved in my life at the time, if I was given the chance.

Then I realised, it is something that has never actually been spoken about with those people. So this question baffled me, what would I say? So I decided to sit in a quiet corner of ...

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Good Luck Tom!

This Sunday, London hosts the North London Half Marathon and one of its runners is raising money for us.

Tom Leake, a teacher from Teesside, signed up to the event in October and has been training regularly for the event, including the weekly Parkrun at Sedgefield.

Tom decided to use this event to raise money for Raindrops to Rainbows after connections were formed with the Music Lounge in Stockton and hearing of their fundraising contributions.

“It’s a great cause and although we have ...

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HOW DO I GET UP FROM THE SACK OF POTATOES THAT HAS KNOCKED ME DOWN?

HOW AND WHERE TO GET HELP AND SUPPORT FOR PERINATAL MENTAL ILLNESS by Eve Canavan.

Whether you are at the start of what you believe to be or have been diagnosed as having a perinatal mental illness, mid-way through ,where the horror of the start may be being chipped away by a sprinkling of golden good days here and there , or nearing the end where the fog has almost cleared, you can see the brightness of life before you with ...

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The Dad Blog…

By Mark Williams

People have often said “Mark why are you so open about talking about your mental health” and I often reply that if I had a bad arm and needed to tell someone, I would. There are many reasons why my story has gone over the world and that is only due to dads not coming forward and sharing their illness. We only know, due to recent reports by the national childbirth trust, which I was proud to be ...

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A rainbow of colour

Earlier this month we had a team of 3 fabulous runners who took part in the ‘Color Obstacle Rush‘ at Sedgefield Racecourse, a 5km fun run through various inflatable obstacles while being covered in powdered paint. Sounds fun right? Our team, made up of Kirsty Fisher, Lauren Deighan and Adam Wilkins, all took part wearing our very own Raindrops To Rainbows printed T-shirts.

Stephanie with the team of runners. LtoR: Lauren ...

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Depression is…

One mum describes what Depression is to her…

Depression is many different things to different people, but this is what it is to me.

Depression is the ashamed family (that I don’t have) – they say things like “you could have done so much with your life”, “so-and-so has got a really well-paid and high-powered job (unlike you)” or “even millionaires get depressed”.

Depression is the critical husband (that I don’t have) – with just a look he makes me feel watched and ...

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One mum talks of her experiences of Postnatal Depression

Sarah, 39, mum to Cody and Connie, experienced Postnatal Depression earlier this year after having her daughter.

When did you first realise realise you had postnatal Depression?

It was pretty soon after having Connie, I knew I felt very different to my first pregnancy. There wasn’t a problem with me bonding with the baby, that wasn’t the issue, I just knew I felt emotionally different. I remember after my first pregnancy the Health Visitor would ask if I’d had any teary days ...

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Our Two Minutes of Fame

Our founder, Stephanie Addison, recently held a special support group in New Life Children’s Centre, Billingham for mums to come along as part of the filming for a short news story for ITV Tyne Tees News. The mums were filmed in the support groups setting with the possibility of being interviewed as part of the news piece.

We would like to thank each of the mums that came along for the filming and to those that were happy to share their Postnatal ...

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