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APP has been shortlisted as National Lottery Health Project of the Year. This is both an amazing achievement and an incredible chance to get the message about postpartum psychosis out to every family, every healthcare professional and every policy maker in the country.
Please help by voting for us and encouraging your friends, family and colleagues to vote for us – and along the way help us raise awareness, beat stigma, improve services and reach more families.
Ways you can help
On social media
Follow @ActionOnPP and retweet our campaign tweets. There are also some ideas for tweets here.
Let’s end stigma, improve services & support families. Vote for @ActionOnPP in the #NationalLotteryAwards! bit.ly/voteforapp
I’m voting for @ActionOnPP in the #NLAwards because every woman needs to know about postpartum psychosis bit.ly/voteforapp
I’m voting for @ActionOnPP in the #NLAwards because every new mum deserves proper #mentalhealth care bit.ly/voteforapp
Today 3 new mums in the UK will get postpartum psychosis. To help, vote @ActionOnPP in the #NationalLotteryAwards bit.ly/voteforapp
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Let's put the spotlight on perinatal mental health. #PNMH #everyonesbusiness. Pls vote & RT: bit.ly/voteforapp
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With an email signature
Include our special signature at the bottom of your emails:
Make a difference in mental health - Vote for Action on Postpartum Psychosis in the National Lottery Awards
Send an email using our template
Use our quick personalisable template to tell your friends and family about the Awards and how to vote, or to do a simple email around colleagues at work.
Please vote for Action on Postpartum Psychosis in the National Lottery Awards and help get their message out! Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness that begins in the days following childbirth and happens to around 1400 new mums each year in the UK. Symptoms can include hallucinations, delusions, elation and extreme confusion. It’s an emergency situation and new mothers usually need to be admitted, with their babies, to a Mother & Baby Unit.
The illness is traumatic for women and families, but with the right support, women can make a full recovery. Action on Postpartum Psychosis provides information and support to families affected by postpartum psychosis. They address the isolation and stigma that families face by helping them meet others who have been through the same experiences. Many parts of the country have no access to Mother & Baby Unit beds or specialists. APP raises awareness of postpartum psychosis and campaigns for vital services.
APP has been shortlisted from among hundreds of projects for the National Lottery Health Project of the Year Award. The winners are decided by public vote and announced in a ceremony on BBC One in September. You can vote online here (it’s free) before the 29th July. Please vote for APP and help them change lives by getting the message about postpartum psychosis onto BBC One and out to every family, every healthcare professional and every policy maker in the country.
Thank you. ….
Send an email to health and mental health professionals with our template
If you work in health or mental health and would like an email template to galvanise fellow professionals to vote, here’s a template to customise for health and mental health professionals:
It is a great opportunity to bring maternal mental health into the public consciousness. The winners receive Lottery support to raise the profile of their cause, and appear on the BBC One Awards show. In terms of public sympathy, severe maternal mental illness is not at the top of the list, but APP are working hard to overcome the stigma. Being shortlisted is testament to just how much has changed in recent years with regards to maternal mental health. Over the next month please help continue this momentum.
Please visit this page to vote http://bit.ly/voteforapp Voting is open from 24th June until 29th July. Every vote counts, and APP really appreciates your support.
Please could you: send this round your networks; put a link to the voting page on your email signature; add a news piece to your website; tweet about it; re-tweet APP's tweets or post about the Awards on Facebook – whatever you are able to do!
With many thanks
Through your contacts
Perhaps you know a high profile or influential person and you’d like to enlist their help? Please email us and we’ll send you our official letter template. We’d like to be in touch before you contact celebrities, MPs etc. so we can coordinate to make sure no one is contacted twice.
Put up a poster or give out flyers
We can send you flyers and balloons for events, and posters that can go up in work canteens, waiting rooms, community centres, gym changing rooms – anywhere they might help inform people about PP. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send them to you.
Voting is only open until 29th July so don’t delay! And do let us know what you’ve been doing to support us. Email or tweet us, and if you are giving a talk or attending an event, take a photo and share it with us. We’re hoping to keep track of how many people we are reaching and to capture all the achievements of the campaign. Thank you!
By giving a talk
If you’d like to say a few words to a group of people, whether at your social club, place of worship or book group, find our guidelines for giving a talk here. Don’t forget to also take along flyers with instructions on how to vote! You might also like to put up a poster about how to connect with our services for anyone affected by PP. Just email and we’ll send out flyers and posters to you.
Guidelines for public talks
It would be good to include the following information in your talk:
Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness that begins in the days following childbirth and happens to around 1400 new mums each year in the UK.
Symptoms can include hallucinations, delusions, elation and extreme confusion. It’s an emergency situation and new mothers usually need to be admitted, with their babies, to a Mother & Baby Unit.
The illness is traumatic for women and families, but with the right support, women can make a full recovery.
Many parts of the country have no access to Mother & Baby Unit beds or specialists. Action on Postpartum Psychosis campaigns for these vital services, so that mums and their babies can stay together.
Action on Postpartum Psychosis raises awareness of postpartum psychosis and provides information and support to families who are affected. They address the isolation and stigma that families face by helping them meet others who have been through the same experiences. They offer peer support services and facilitate research into postpartum psychosis.
APP is funded by charitable donations and grants, including a Big Lottery Award.
It’s worth looking at the ‘facts and figures’ section of the APP website as well as the website in general for accurate and up to date information.
For more information about the National Lottery Awards Click here
Here are some photos that can be downloaded and used with emails, social media and web pieces about the awards. (Click to enlarge, right click to save image).