All posts by Emma Harvey

APP Art Auction 2017

7.TerezaBAPP presents the inaugural online Christmas Art Auction 2017 to help raise funds for APP!

The online Art Auction features 12 fantastic professional artists (with 18 artworks available to bid on) with 100% of money generated from sales being generously donated to APP.

All pieces are featured in our Online Brochure and are listed on eBay for auction style bidding; the auction opens on Saturday 2nd December, and closes on Tuesday 12th December from 7.30pm onward – view the eBay listings here (some bargains to be had!)

APP Director, Dr Jess Heron, says:
“Thank you for supporting APP’s first Art Auction and helping us raise funds for APP. We’d love you to share the brochure far and wide with your friends and colleagues to generate some interest in the donating artists. APP supports women and families who have been affected by Postpartum Psychosis, which is a devastating and traumatic illness that affects 1-2 in every 1000 new mums. With the right care women do recover: our amazing and committed volunteers are evidence of this. Buy some art for a loved one this Christmas, and help our volunteers support someone else’s loved one.”

A very big and important Thank You to the extremely generous artists who have donated their work to the APP Art Auction – we couldn’t do this without you.

To view or download the full Art Auction 2017 PDF Brochure Click Here (or on the image below) for full information about the artists and all the artworks up for auction, including links to their listings on eBay.

And, to view all the artworks on eBay click here.

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Happy bidding everyone! #APPArtAuction

Getting ready for #GivingTuesday!

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APP is gearing up for this year’s #givingtuesday taking place on Tuesday 28th November! Calling on all our amazing APP supporters to do something good next Tuesday to raise much  needed funds for APP… 

#givingtuesday is the day to do good stuff for charity and is a growing global movement now spanning five continents. But the heart of #GivingTuesday is community action. The UK joined the movement in May 2014. Since then, the day has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

There are lots of fun activities you can do, such as:

  • host a bake sale with friends, at home or in the workplace
  • do a sponsored run, jog or even just a walk around your local area
  • organise a coffee morning with your very own Bake Off!
  • or why not take this as a perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac and have your own garage sale, or, get together with friends to host a jumble sale!  
  • and for lots of other ideas visit the #givingtuesday website 

Or…you can donate directly via the APP CAF #givingtuesday campaign via here or by clicking on the donate button below:

 

 A donation of just £5 enables us to send a copy of each of our 3 Insider Guides to a woman experiencing Postpartum Psychosis, her partner or family, to provide vital information and signposting to support.

Get involved and let us know what you are doing for #givingtuesday or email us for more information. Thanks!

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Helping Hands for APP at Christmas charity fair!

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APP, supported by some of the women from “Helping Hands” of Swadlincote , manned 2 stalls at a charity Xmas fair on Saturday 11th November in Rosliston village hall. Piles of bargains were there to be grabbed including APP charity cards. Delicious lunches were served by Helping Hands’ friends with proceeds from these going to other charities.

Warm thanks go to all the ladies from Helping Hands – especially to “Mrs Motivator”- Angela and to Janet for all the hard work. Also: to all of APP’s steadfast friends who managed, yet again, to donate enough items for further sales.

A special thanks go to our little gofers on the day: Anna and Robert Tiffney who were great fun and endlessly helpful to all. (Blowing up APP ‘s purple balloons does get tedious after a while !)

Sue Blamire, APP’s Treasurer, did a great job with Adrian on the day, and managed to bank just over £300 for APP’s funds. A wonderful sum in a very short time and for just 2 charity stalls! Thank you all. 

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Volunteer Team

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Holly runs the Thames Meander!

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Great news as Holly has completed her 9th (yes, ninth!) marathon in aid of APP! Holly is taking on the amazing challenge of running 12 marathons in just 12 months and now has only 3 marathons left to run…

On Saturday 4th November Holly ran her 9th marathon, the Thames Meander, with a friend she met there last year. She said:

The weather was wet to start but dried up in the afternoon. Unfortunately the Thames had flooded the path in parts so we had an extra 1k detour and very soggy feet! Time to be announced but around the 5hours 40min mark. 
 
Imogen crossed the line with me again (her favourite thing to do!) 
 
So glad to get Marathon 9 done and next one is next weekend at the Remembrance Marathon along the Thames. 
 
Wish me luck“ 
 
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Please support Holly’s fantastic marathon challenge via her Just Giving page here. Big thanks to Holly for her dedication and fantastic achievement so far, and well done to Imogen too, for her continued support at the finish line!
 
We wish Holly all the best for marathon number 10, as she takes on the  Remembrance Marathon on Saturday 11th November along the Thames, and hope for slightly less soggy feet this time!
 

Fundraising evening at Royal College of Psychiatrists!

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists have organised a fantastic fundraising evening in aid of APP, taking place on Wednesday 15th November at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB.

Everybody is welcome to attend the event but please book your tickets in advance! Click here for the ticket link.

The event starts at 6.30pm and you can ’Enjoy a recital from Internationally renowned concert pianist Waka Hasegawa and a performance from dance movement psychotherapist, Gerry Harrison. The evening includes buffet supper and drinks with £10 of each ticket sale donated to APP. During the event there will be additional opportunities to support APP.’

Find out more and book your tickets here.

APP reflects on ‘I’m Fine’ PMH training in Devon

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APP were delighted to be invited to take part in the Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s ‘I’m Fine’ perinatal mental health training events earlier this year. The three ‘I’m Fine’ training days took place in various locations throughout Devon and Cornwall and were aimed at any front line staff who might come into contact with a women in the perinatal period to understand how to manage people respectfully and assist them; to recognise that when women say ‘I’m fine’ they might not in truth mean this.

Three of APP’s Expert by Experience speakers attended all three events, alongside speakers from other charities including Bluebell and Dads in Mind, to help staff engage and understand why they need to go that extra mile.

Jessie attended the first session in Saltash, Cornwall, she said:
It was so good to have input to “I’m Fine” as a lived experience speaker. I especially enjoyed the Q&A session, which included good responses and feedback from the delegates, and found it interesting to add tips on treatment and recovery from my own experience. The theatre production was very powerful too. It is so important to show that recovery from PP is possible and to try to make a difference to professionals, and the people they will support in the future.”

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The I’m Fine SW event in Exeter was a unique and exciting event to be part of. The mixture of forum theatre and group table discussions ensured that lived experience remained at the heart of the event. Friction is a powerful theatre piece, and each time I see it I find that I do get emotional. It revisits some of the very difficult feelings that families experience as they try to seek help for severe perinatal mental illness, and is very raw and powerful.

I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to staff who are often ‘first responders’ in times of crisis – paramedics, the police and crisis team staff. I felt treated as an equal in the room, even with very senior staff, and the facilitators made provision for anyone affected by the themes throughout the day to seek support. The impact of perinatal mental health problems on the developing child was handled sensitively, hopefully and realistically by a speaker from the Institute of Health Visiting, which is so important when you have parents in the room. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, the chance to promote the work of APP through recording a podcast, and the chance to meet other parents.”

And Sally attended the third and final session in Bristol on 30th June, she commented:
It was a real privilege to be invited to the ‘I’m fine’ event in Bristol in June 2017. The morning session was very powerful. We watched a very relevant and truthful theatre performance about a couple who had recently had a baby and the mother was suffering from postnatal mental illness. The performance was based on real events and conversations with other mothers and families who had been through similar experiences. This gave a particularly accurate account of the events, feelings and thoughts of a family going through this. It was so helpful for the health professionals to see this and to see what goes on ‘behind closed doors’ and provided a valuable forum for discussion about how to talk to a patient experiencing postnatal mental illness.

The afternoon was led by the ‘experts by experience’. There were 3 mothers who described their experience to the delegates, who then chose which mother they wanted to spend an hour with, listening to and asking questions. The conditions included post-natal depression, anxiety and psychosis. As well as telling my story, I was able to answer questions posed by GPs, midwives, health care assistants and those working in the mental health sector. The delegates fed-back to me on the day and told me that not only was this session powerful and moving, but it also gave them an opportunity to ask anything they wanted to about postpartum psychosis. This included questions about the initial symptoms, types of treatments, recovery, my feelings about what happened and my relationship with my daughter. The overall feeling from the day was that the health professionals will remember these personal stories, which will impact on patient care in the future. It was inspiring to see so many health professionals interested and committed to improving antenatal and postnatal mental health care and I am confident that by talking about my experience of postpartum psychosis I have had an impact on shaping the future of these services.

To find out more about our Experts by Experience talks, or, the APP Workforce one-day training please see here, or, get in touch for more information.

Jocelyn visits Soroptimist International

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APP were delighted to be asked to speak to club members at the Cannock & District division of Soroptimist International, after President, Val Jones, put forward APP as one of their charities to highlight for the year. Jocelyn Ellams attended their meeting on 24th October in Cannock and spoke about her lived experience of PP to the members.

They said:
‘Action on Postpartum Psychosis [APP] is one of the charities being highlighted this year by President Val Jones, Cannock Soroptimists. It is a small and little known charity; in fact, prior to President Val naming it only 3 members of the club had ever heard of it! 

Jocelyn…gave a most interesting, emotional and enlightening presentation to club members [as] she bravely told us her story, explaining thoughts that she had at the time which in one sense she knew could not be true though she could not control them. She made it possible for us all to have some understanding of the dreadful experiences she had at that time – and also proved she has completely recovered. 

Soroptimist Kate Young hosted Joss and thanked her for giving up her time and, more importantly, for her honesty in telling us about how she was affected. She gave Joss a donation towards the work of APP from SI Cannock and told her that at the end of President Val’s year there would be a further donation.’

Read their full press release here.

Thanks very much to Kate Young and all at the Cannock & District Soroptimist International club!

You can find out more information about Cannock Soroptimists at www.sigbi.org/cannock-and-district or on their Facebook page 

Holly completes her 8th marathon!

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Congratulations to Holly who has just completed her 8th marathon in Bournemouth on 8th October with a PB (personal best)! Holly now only has 4 marathons left to run in her huge challenge of completing 12 marathons in 12 months, we are all very impressed!

Holly says:
‘I ran the Bournemouth marathon on the 8th of October, it was a special one for me as it’s where my sister Beth went for her inpatient stay at the mother and baby unit. There were good memories from her time there that really spurred me on and I managed to finish with a personal best of 5hrs 27mins.

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The course itself was beautiful along the coastline and it was very well organised with lots of water and energy gel stops. Imogen, my 4 year old, even got to cross the line with me- which she loved!

Only 4 to go now! The next one is a local area one with my work mates on 31st October. Followed by 2 marathons on the Thames path at the beginning of November.’

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We wish Holly all the best for her 9th marathon on 31st October!

Please support her amazing challenge and donate via her Just Giving page here.

Fundraising at Freshers Week & Kindness in Midwifery conference

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The University of Bradford Midwifery Society kick-started their busy fundraising year for APP in style with Freshers Week last month where they signed up lots of new members and donated % from each membership to APP – many thanks! 

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Looks like they had lots of fun recruiting new members to the society too!

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They are now very busy organising a conference with midwife, Ellie Durant called  ‘The kindness conference: Getting positive midwifery cultures to flourish‘ which is taking place on 11th November 2017. The Kindness Conference is being jointly planned and hosted by UoB Midwifery Society and any current or aspiring midwives should definitely get this in the diary!

They say:
‘This conference is likely to be different from others you’ve attended. We’re not afraid of digging into the hard issues and talking about the realities of midwifery culture right now.

But we’ll also be sharing some of the most inspiring, insightful and clear ideas for improving midwifery culture as well as tools and techniques that you can use to support yourself in practice right now. We want you to feel supported in your work because you’ve learnt from the best at the conference.’ Read more on their Facebook event page here.

Tickets are on sale now with discounted £5 tickets available for University of Bradford students and staff but these are strictly limited, with all the money being donated to APP! Please click here find out more about the event and to purchase tickets.

There will be a number of stalls on the day including our own APP stall and we look forward to meeting everyone there on the day! 

In the run up to the conference, Ellie is also doing a series of blog posts entitled 30 days of Kindness in Midwifery’ which you can check out on her website here to understand more about some of the themes which will be covered at the conference.

Welsh Government Report into Perinatal Mental Health in Wales

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Dr Jess Heron, Director of APP, says:

“The situation for Welsh families who develop Postpartum Psychosis has been totally inadequate. Mums who become ill in Wales have had to make the decision between being separated from their baby for treatment in a General Adult Unit, where specialist knowledge and appropriate facilities are lacking, or being transferred to a specialist Mother & Baby Unit in England, miles away from their partners, families and support networks. The recommendations made here are a positive step forward for Wales, and give us real optimism for the future.”

APP particularly welcome the following recommendations:

· The Committee find that general adult psychiatric wards are not sufficiently specialist to care for mothers during the perinatal period, and the separation of mother & baby for psychiatric treatment should not be tolerated in a modern health care service. They recommend the establishment of a specialist Mother & Baby Unit (MBU) on the M4 corridor, and a second Welsh MBU in north east Wales, shared with NHS trusts over the border in England.

· The committee report that awareness of perinatal mental health remains poor among the public and health professionals. They recommend that the Welsh Government undertake a public awareness campaign to improve understanding of perinatal mental health conditions and their symptoms. They recommend that antenatal patient information and antenatal classes to include information about the spectrum of postnatal illness.

· The Committee find that frontline staff – including midwives and GPs – feel ill equipped to identify and treat maternal mental illness.

They recommend that the Welsh Government work to ensure that perinatal mental health becomes a core part of the training and continuous professional development of all healthcare professionals likely to come into contact with pre- and post- natal women.

· They find lack of psychological support across all Health Boards in Wales to support women with perinatal mental illness and recommend investment in psychological services and professional training.

· The role of the third sector in identifying gaps in service provision and filling them was clear. More needs to be done to provide funding for and awareness of third sector perinatal mental health organisations and peer support provision.

If you have experienced Postpartum Psychosis, live in Wales, and would like to help APP make a difference for families in Wales, please get in touch: info@app-network.org