All posts by Emma Harvey

Team APP skydive smash their fundraising target (twice!)


A huge round of applause for Team APP who all bravely jumped out of a plane on Sunday 16 September, and raised much needed funds in aid of APP! 

A very big THANK YOU to Giles, Jess, Hannah, Tanya, Sally and Anna, who took on APP’s Big Skydive Challenge so brilliantly and for all their amazing fundraising -  they completely smashed their fundraising target (twice!) to raise nearly £6,500 – wow! An amazing achievement, congratulations. APP thanks all of the brave team and also everyone who so generously sponsored them as well.

You can still donate to Team APP via the JustGiving page(s) here.

Dr Jess Heron, APP Director, said: “We made it. I’m alive, all limbs in tact! Thank you so much to all who sponsored us. Thrilled and amazed with the total. Thank you also to my fellow jumpers (I’m thinking something more sedate next time… sponsored tea-drinkathon, adult colouring…)

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2018_APPSkydiveJess5Dr Giles Berrisford ‘ready to jump’!

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Hannah Bissett, APP Peer Support Co-ordinator, said: “Thanks for all your likes, sponsorship & support /  interest / gobsmacked-reactions after my skydive for APP – we did it!!  It’s really scary, but absolutely amazingly awesome. Everyone should do it… and raise money for APP of course…I’ve been blown away by the team total reaching almost £6,500. And all going towards info, peer support and ensuring that no mum or family goes through the terrifying illness that is postpartum psychosis alone.


2018_APPSkydiveHannah17Hannah Bissett having an ‘absolutely amazingly awesome’ experience!


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Thank you again to everyone who took part and jumped for APP. Your support will help us to continue developing our information and operating our peer support services. We really couldn’t do this without you! Thank You all!

If you’re interested in doing a skydive in aid of APP you can find out all about it here.

The Band of Bro’s’ concert!

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A big thank-you to the ‘Band of Bro’s’ who put together a fabulous summer concert and collected £11 in loose change in aid of APP!

We’re told “they made signs, tickets and did a little performance” all in aid of APP to the delight of their mothers, grandmothers and friends – what a lovely surprise.

Perhaps they’ll repeat the performance for our Music 4 Mums event next May!


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Dominic’s skydive for APP!


Dominic has bravely decided to jump out of a plane in aid of APP! Dominic chose to fundraise for APP after his sister suffered with PP, he says:

I’m doing this to help break the stigma of perinatal mental health and support those who need it most, like my sister did. Talking to my sister, Kerry, I said I wanted to a charity skydive and that’s when she mentioned I should do it for the charities close to her, and I felt that APP would be an amazing charity to support.

When Kerry’s illness was at its worse I couldn’t help as I didn’t know anything about it. She was too scared to talk and too frightened about what might happen if she did. Now that she is better I know she reached out to charities like PANDAS and APP.

Knowing that I couldn’t help my sister at the time, as she was too scared to talk or reach out, was extremely heart breaking not only for me but for our family and friends as well.

This is why I have chosen to do a sky dive for APP, to raise the much needed money to keep charities like this going, as they were invaluable to her.

My sister wrote this guest blog for the PANDAS charity when her youngest was 9 weeks old, it will give you an idea of what she experienced.

Anything you can donate would be amazing and could potentially touch so many lives.”

Please support Dominic’s amazing challenge and donate what you can via his JustGiving page here.

Thank you so much Dominic!

Sophie runs Stafford!

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A big Thank You to Sophie, who is running the Stafford 10K on 23rd September, in aid of APP! 

Sophie decided to take on the Stafford 10K after her sister suffered with Postpartum Psychosis and found help and support from APP. Sophie says:

Not many people who know me know that after the birth of my precious niece Beatrice my beautiful and strong big sister suffered from a rare yet serious mental health problem known as post-partum psychosis. PP occurs around the time of birth and can cause the sufferer to experience serious hallucinations, delusions and erratic behaviour. A week after birth my big sister was sectioned under the mental health act due to the severity of her illness. Luckily we managed to secure her a place in Brockington Mother and baby unit so that she could live with Bea and be supported 24 hours a day. 

Since their return home from the unit my sister has gone from strength to strength, I couldn’t be more proud of what she has achieved whilst raising Bea who is blossoming every single day.

She has since benefited from the services APP offer, listening and reading about other people who have suffered from the same illness has helped her endlessly.

I’ve decided to run the 10k for this cause as most of you who know me know I do NOT run…unless a Terry’s chocolate orange is on-sale. This is going to be a personal struggle that won’t even compare to what Melissa has gone through..but it’s a start!

Please support Sophie’s challenge and donate what you can via her JustGiving page here – thank you!

Anna’s Scottish 10K!


Three cheers for Anna who is taking on the Scottish 10K on Sunday 23rd September in aid of APP! 

The Scottish 10k (& half marathon) begins just outside Edinburgh and taks you along the magnificent East Lothian Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse.

Anna says: “I had Postpartum Psychosis after the birth of my son in April 2017. It
occurred approximately 3-4 weeks after giving birth. Straight after the birth prior to the psychosis I developed extreme anxiety and was having regular panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, inability to perform simple tasks and memory loss. At the climax of my illness I couldn’t walk, kept collapsing and was convinced I was dying. PP is a psychiatric emergency, it is NOT the same as postnatal depression. Due to a lack of Mother and Baby Units, 50% of women are admitted to general psychiatric wards and separated from their babies. I was lucky that I was admitted to one of only 2 units in Scotland.

I had never had a mental illness before. It is common that women who get PP have no previous history of mental illness. I had never had a panic attack before. I don’t think anyone who hasn’t experienced it can truly understand how terrifying the descent into Psychosis is. Action on Postpartum Psychosis was a lifeline for myself and my family, it connected us to other women who had experienced PP and recovered. APP has experienced volunteers who offer help and support to women and their families affected by PP. They raise money to fund research into the causes of this little understood illness.

Postpartum Psychosis effects 1-2 in every 1000 women who give birth yet I had never heard of it. Many of the front line health professionals I saw had no knowledge of it. This lack of understanding really impacted my level of suffering and has led to poor outcomes for many women. Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK: the majority due to PP. APP helps raise awareness and addresses the stigma and isolation felt by many women.

A large part of my recovery has been exercising. I have never been much of a jogger but since starting I feel stronger both physically and mentally. 10k is a big deal for me so please support me if you can to raise as much money as possible for Action on Postpartum Psychosis.”

Please support Anna and her amazing challenge, and donate what you can via Anna’s JustGiving page here.

Thank you so much Anna! We hope you have a brilliant 10K on 23rd September!

Harriet takes on the Great North Run!


On Sunday 9th September, Harriet will be taking part in the Great North Run in aid of APP!

The Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the UK and the World with over 57000 runners taking part in the famous 13.1 mile journey from Newcastle’s city centre to the coast in South Shields; all live on the BBC!

Harriet says: “Postpartum Psychosis is a truly horrific and indiscriminate illness that can strike any new mum regardless of never having any mental health issues previously.

It struck me like a bolt out of the blue and will forever be the worst experience of mine and my families lives. After a long recovery I made it out of the other side…slightly battered and bruised but intact thanks to my fantastic, compassionate and loving family and friends.

The help APP offered was amazing, they were there with me every step of the way and I poured over their literature and was a frequent visitor the online forum. I was appointed a peer supporter and she was a real strength. We need to continue to educate and promote awareness of this truly terrible and life changing illness. Funds raised will go towards offering training to midwives and health visitors to make them aware of the risks and symptoms and it will also enable the crucial work of the peer supporters.”

Harriet’s JustGiving page is here  - please support her amazing challenge and donate what you can!

Thank you SO MUCH Harriet for all your support, dedication and hard work in taking on the Great North Run  challenge in aid of APP. We wish you the very best of luck for 9th September!

Team APP & friends’ group skydive!


On Sunday 16th September, members of APP’s Board and staff, together with some friends, will be taking part in a skydive to raise much needed funds for APP!

2018_TeamAPP4So far, confirmed for the skydive are:  Dr Giles Berrisford, Chair of Trustees; Dr Jess Heron, APP Director; Hannah Bissett, Peer Support & Regional Reps Co-ordinator; Tanya Knight, Mental Health Nurse, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust; Anna Sebine, Quality Improvement Lead – Perinatal Mental Health, Maternity Clinical Network, (Yorkshire & Humber); Sally Hogg, Strategic Lead, Mums & Babies in Mind (MABIM)

They’ve joined together to raise money across their individual JustGiving pages for APP – you can visit their team fundraising page here – Please donate what you can to help them smash their goal!

Dr Jess Heron says: “You might have seen Adele speaking out this week in support of her friend Laura who has written a moving and articulate blog about the illness. It is a frightening and devastating illness that affects new mums, often out of the blue, in the days following childbirth. It is as common as Downs Syndrome and is a leading cause of maternal death. These deaths are preventable – PP is eminently treatable – with the right information and support, women recover and have happy family lives. With young children myself who mean everything to me, I have to admit to having a few second thoughts about doing this (!) but I want to join our dedicated APP staff, trustees and volunteers taking on this challenge. So, please donate and help me make a difference.


If you’d like to Jump for APP in our Big Skydive Challenge for 2018 please get in touch for all the information, or read about it here - Thank you!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018

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APP are delighted to announce we are taking part in the 2018 Big Give Christmas Challenge!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest on-line match funding campaign which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on

We need to identify individuals or companies willing to pledge amounts of £100 or more. If we can gain over £1000 in pledged donations by 31st August 2018, then it’s full steam ahead for The Christmas Challenge 2018 week, which will run from midday #GivingTuesday on 27th November until midday Tuesday 4th December.

The money raised will help us develop a new resource – A Guide to Parenting following Postpartum Psychosis. The guide will bring together practical tips from mums, dads and families who have been there, as well as from academic and clinical experts. It will cover issues such as building confidence and supporting bonding in the early days, through to ways of talking about PP to older children. We will develop resources for use with different age children to help parents talk to their children in age appropriate ways about PP.

If you know of individuals or companies willing to pledge amount of £100 or over, please get in touch.

>Read about our project: A Guide to Parenting 

>Make a pledge to APP’s project

APP’s amazing sporty fundraisers!


Meet our amazing sporty fundrasiers – there’s so much athletic activity going on! All links go to fundraising pages where available so please click through, read their stories and support their fantastic endeavours. 

Many thanks, and good luck to you all!

Congratulations to Joe Kettle who completed (his first ever!) triathlon at Dorney Lake on 21st July in aid of APP and ReThink Mental Illness, and raised £1000.

Congratulations to Megan Dodds, who successfully jumped out of a plane in a tandem skydive in aid of APP on 30th June, and raised over £1,600.

And thanks also to Gillian Seale and her daughters, for hosting a brilliant cake and craft sale in the Wirral on 16th June.


If you’re taking on a challenge for APP, or would like to, please let us know and get in touch – Email


Joe completes his first Triathlon!


Huge congratulations to Joe, who successfully completed his first Triathlon last weekend, in aid of APP and ReThink Mental Illness!

Joe battled the blazing heat last Saturday, 21st July, to cycle, run and swim the Triathlon course at Eton Dorney Lake in Windsor. 

Joe said: “Triathlon completed!!! £995 raised!! Two sore legs!!!  Keep up the good work and thank every single one of your staff for the work they do, without them people would suffer and not get the help or support they need. So a massive thank you to you.

Here’s some brilliant photos of Joe from last Saturday:




APP says thank you so much for taking on this amazing challenge and for smashing your fundraising target too – such an inspiration to us all!