Peer Support Network

Recovering from PP can be a difficult experience. Often women and their partners will never come across another person who has had PP to talk to. There are lots of myths and misunderstandings in the general public understanding of PP, which mean it can be hard to talk to family, friends and other new mothers about the experience.

Thanks to invaluable funding from Big Lottery, APP can now help you talk to other women and partners that have ‘been there’ through our support services:

Our PP Talk online support forum, funded by The Big Lottery is now available.

Here, you can chat with others who have been affected by PP. You can ask questions, share your experiences and find out more about PP. There are polls you can complete to help us understand more about PP. If you have information you would like to share or if you can offer advice & support to others, please sign up and get involved.

The forum is open to anyone that has been affected by PP – if you are recovering from PP, if you are a partner, family member, or friend who has been affected by PP, or even if you had PP many years ago, we look forward to chatting with you there!

The forum is an open forum, moderated by APP and by APP volunteers – all who have personal experience of PP. We are not health professionals or trained in counselling – we are people who have been there and can offer support from our own perspectives.

We cannot offer urgent crisis support. It may take a day or so for us to reply. If you need help urgently, please contact: your GP, midwife, mental health team, 999, The Samaritans or NHS Direct. We’ll be here to talk as things get better.

We ask journalists, researchers and health professionals not to post on the forum, but to get in touch with us directly on app@www.app-network.org or message us via Facebook.

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View the PP community terms and conditions for use

Sometimes an open forum is not what you need. Its nice to read the posts, but you want to communicate with someone personally. If you would like to talk over email with one of our trained peer supporters – all of whom have recovered from PP- please complete the form here. Our Peer Support Coordinator will get back to you within 48 hours and put you in touch with one of our volunteers.

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View peer support email service policies & terms and conditions for use

The project aims to reduce the sense of isolation experienced following PP, and improve access to information and support for women, their partners and family.

Please Note: If you are looking for Peer Support for Postnatal Depression rather than Postpartum Psychosis, you will find links on our Useful Links page to organisations offering support (Acacia, Bluebell, Depression Alliance Perinatal, PPD Support Group, Pandas & PNI).


In crisis?

It may take a day or so for us to reply. If you need help urgently, please contact your GP, midwife, mental health team, 999, The Samaritans or NHS 111 Emergency and Urgent Care Services.


Acknowledgements

We are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery who have provided funding for our PP community and peer support services, and to the University of Birmingham and the University of Cardiff for hosting our project.