Recovering from PP can be a difficult experience. Discharge from hospital, a Mother and Baby Unit or other treatment can sometimes be only the beginning of a longer journey to recovery. Often women and their partners will never meet 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 four-year funding from the Big Lottery in 2012, APP set up a Peer Support Service so you can talk to other women and partners that have ‘been there’ through our online support services:
PPTalk – Our Online PP Community
Our PPTalk online support forum, set up with funding from The Big Lottery, has been a growing community since 2012, with over 1000 registered users.
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. There are a range of topics covered at any one time, from shared experiences of recovery, thinking about subsequent pregnancies and how other family members can support Mums currently going through an episode or recovery from PP. If you have experiences you would like to share or if you can offer 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 PPTalk Community 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.
One to One Support
Sometimes an open forum is not what you need. It’s nice to read the posts, but you want to communicate with someone personally. If you would like to talk directly to one person through messaging online with one of our trained peer supporters – all of whom have recovered from PP – please click to register and complete the form.
Our Peer Support Coordinator will get back to you within 48 hours and put you in touch with one of our volunteers. APP’s One to One Support is offered through the Health Unlocked messaging facility and you will need to have a username on the PPTalk Forum. You don’t have to use the forum to have one to one support though.
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 and PNI).
We are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery who funded the Peer Support Project from 2012-2016, enabling us to set up our PP community and peer support services, and to the University of Birmingham and the University of Cardiff for hosting our project.