Action on Postpartum Psychosis

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National Lottery Award nomination in the Health Category
We need you to help us raise the public profile of Action on Postpartum Psychosis. We have been shortlisted from 600 projects down to the last 7 in a vote for the best Health project. If we win the award we will have an opportunity to talk about Action on Postpartum Psychosis on theBBC1 coverage of the award ceremony, and will win a cash prize of £2000 to support our work. Most importantly, the National Lottery will support us with a PR campaign to raise awareness of this devastating illness and our work to support families in their recovery.

Postpartum Psychosis (PP) is a severe mental illness which begins suddenly following childbirth. Over 1400 women experience PP each year in the UK (1 to 2 in every 1000 mothers). An episode of PP can be very frightening for women and their families. Most women go on to make a full recovery, however the journey to full recovery can be long and difficult.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) is a collaborative project between: women and families with personal experience of PP; world leading academics who research PP; and health professionals who support women and families during and after an episode. We have over 900 members throughout the UK and further afield who have experienced PP themselves. APP is a registered charity, hosted by the University of Birmingham, and funded by The Big Lottery.

Our work covers four main areas:

Inform: We provide information to women who have experienced PP and their families, via our website and Insider Guides

Support: We offer peer support to families affected by PP through our forumone to one email support and workshops

Research: We carry out research to develop understanding of what causes Postpartum Psychosis, treatments for this illness and what helps families to recover

Communicate: We promote greater public awareness of PP through our website, media volunteers and network of regional representatives   

We thank The Big Lottery, Comic Relief and individual women and families for supporting our project. Our project is based within the Mood Disorders Research Group in the College of Medical & Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. We are very grateful for their support. For information about how to support us, click here.

About PP Video

 A few words from women who have experienced Postpartum Psychosis

A group of women from APP got together to make a short film about PP as part of a workshop researching recovery

PP Insider Guides

A series of guides developed by professionals & those with lived experience. Learn more

PP Anti-stigma Video

PP anti stigma video

Can you tell which of us has had Postpartum Psychosis?