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Sisters challenge themselves for APP

Laura Kirkpatrick and her sister Helen Long are undertaking several challenges this year to raise funds for APP.  They have completed a Tough Warrior event, Laura has run the Great North 10K and both of them will be running the Great North Run in early September.

'I experienced postpartum Psychosis after the birth of my second child Lucy.  She was 6 weeks old when I was admitted to the Beadnall Mother and Baby Unit in Morpeth. It was there that I received excellent support from the APP peer support worker Sharon Bell. Sharon was there to support me and my family, speaking often on the phone with my mum to help ease her mind that I was going to recover. She was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to and she was very reassuring and supportive. It was also reassuring looking at the information on the website and reading stories from other mums who had suffered and recovered from postpartum psychosis.

Laura with her GN10K medal in front of the Tyne Bridge

To raise money for APP my sister and I completed Total Warrior in June which was hard but really fun! We will also run the Great North Run in September. We wanted to raise money for APP to ensure they can continue to provide the support to other mums suffering with postpartum psychosis and we have raised over £1400 between us so far.'

Thank you so much to both Laura and Helen for taking on these challenges and thank you to everyone who has donated to support them so far.

You can read more about their stories and support Laura and her sister Helen here:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-kirkpatrick3

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-long15

Jenny and family's fundraising for APP 10 years on

Jenny Stevenson and a team of family members spent a month clocking up some ‘Miles for Mums and Babies’ 10 years after Jenny experienced postpartum psychosis (PP).

Jenny experienced PP after the birth of her first son, Toby, in 2012. Admission to the Brockington Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in Stafford, prompt specialist treatment, and good support from family and friends all aided a relatively quick recovery. Peer support, via APP’s online forum and reading personal experiences and stories on APP’s website, subsequently played a huge role in helping Jenny to come to terms with what had happened. Jenny attended an APP volunteer event the following year and trained as a peer support volunteer at the beginning of 2015. She is now working as one of APP’s National Peer Support Coordinators.

Jenny wanted to mark the 10 year milestone by raising some money and awareness for APP. She decided to take on a ‘Miles for Mums and Babies’ fundraising challenge between the dates she was an inpatient on the MBU (exactly one month) in 2012. The initial target was to jog and walk 37 miles during the month, the distance from her home to the MBU. With help from family members, the hope was to double this distance and cover the return journey.

Over the course of the month, Jenny’s team (Jenny, Toby, Jenny’s mum, sister and brother-in-law) jogged, walked and swum 375 miles between them. Each mile completed as part of this challenge reflects the journeys mums, babies, partners and families travel to be together, whilst mums receive care in Mother and Baby Units. 375 miles reflects five return journeys from Jenny’s home to the MBU in Stafford, a journey travelled by her husband every day during her stay.

The team raised £1275 for APP and by asking people to donate via the Big Give, which match-funded donations during the month of July, APP received double this amount – a total of over £2500.

JennJenny pictured with her mum, son, sister and brother in law, all wearing purple APP t shirtsy says, “I’m delighted to have raised so much money for APP and that the money raised via the Big Give will be used to help grow the peer support service. Peer support is vital to so many women and families affected by postpartum psychosis – I see first-hand the positive difference it makes.”

Jenny is pictured here with her mum Sharon, son Toby, sister Juliet and brother in law Stephen.

 

 

The Big Bake for APP

The Big Bake

Dust off your aprons and pick up your wooden spoons – we have a very exciting opportunity for you this summer and we'd love you to be part of it.

APP have been selected to be part of The Big Give campaign as part of their Women & Girls fund. This means that throughout July, every donation we receive via our campaign page on The Big Give website (www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive) will be doubled!

As part of this we’re encouraging our supporters to take part in The Big Bake for APP!

Get together with friends or colleagues this summer and hold an awareness-raising cake sale, bake off competition, coffee morning or afternoon tea in aid of Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

Your support could help give a cake and a cuppa to a mum at an APP peer support café group.

We'll provide you with a FREE pack full of fundraising tips, ideas, APP goodies and even some of our favourite recipes!  Plus during July, any donations you raise through your event will be worth TWICE as much – so if you raise £50, APP will receive £100.

Our target is to reach £5,000 in donations – meaning a total of £10,000 raised. This would make such a difference to our work – we are particularly keen to increase our offer of peer support - establishing more face to face café support groups, particularly in areas of the UK that are currently underserved. We’d also like to try and reach and support more women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; and to provide additional support for partners and parents of women who develop postpartum psychosis.

We know our peer support service is vital, life changing and in some cases life-saving - giving women and family members with experience of PP the opportunity to meet and talk with others.

“It has been life changing for me. I don't feel isolated at all, if anything, I feel proud to be part of this unique community of amazing, strong women and proud of everything we have been through.”
APP Peer Support beneficiary

Ready to get baking? Drop us an email fundraising@app-network.org and we’ll send you more details and your fundraising pack so you can get started!

Not got time to bake? Might you be able to give us a direct donation instead? All donations made through our Big Give campaign page will be doubled! Donate here: www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive

Double the donation, double the impact!

We’re very excited that APP have been selected to be part of The Big Give campaign as part of their Women and Girls fund 2022.

This means that throughout July, every donation we receive via our campaign page on The Big Give website (www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive) will be doubled, thanks to match funding from the DCMS’ Tampon Tax.

So, if you’d like to donate to APP during July, we would be so grateful – and your donation would have DOUBLE the impact – you donate £5, APP will receive £10; you donate £25, APP receives £50 and so on.

Our target for the month is to reach £5,000 in donations – which would mean a total of £10,000 raised. This would make such a difference to our work – and we are particularly keen to increase our offer of peer support - setting up more face to face café support groups, particularly in areas of the UK that are currently underserved. We’d also like to try and reach and support more women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; and to provide additional support for partners and parents of women who develop postpartum psychosis.

We know our peer support service is vital, life changing, and in some cases, life-saving - giving women and family members with experience of PP the opportunity to meet and talk with others.

baby asleep on a person wearing an APP t shirtWe're so grateful for your support – we are a small charity, and as such every single donation we receive really does make a big difference to the work we do.
If you aren’t able to donate more at the moment, we totally understand – but please do share our campaign with others if you can.

That link again is www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive - only donations through that page will be doubled. You can also find shareable posts on our social media feeds.

You may also be interested in our ‘The Big Bake’ campaign that we’re running alongside The Big Give – find out more here...

'Pom-ti pom pom!', a mindful crafting session on Thursday 30th June, 7.30pm-9pm

You are invited to join 'Pom-ti pom pom!', a mindful crafting session on Thursday 30th June, 7.30pm-9pm.

This friendly workshop will take place virtually over Zoom, led by APP volunteer Claire Griffiths. Join us and learn the really handy and satisfying technique of how to create lots of gorgeous fluffy pompoms in one go!

Find out more and reserve your free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/app-workshop-pom-ti-pom-pom-tickets-348112001367

Claire says: "I suffered from Postpartum psychosis (PP) in 2016 following the birth of my daughter, I work part-time as a crafts facilitator and throughout the pandemic delivered crafts workshops to people isolated at home via zoom.

I find crafting to be the perfect mindful activity to get some time for myself away from the bustle and stress of family life and I found making things to be a helpful part of my recovery from PP early on. I love to share these skills with other people and I love the idea of sharing them and spending some time virtually crafting together with other mums who've suffered PP.

Pom-poms are such a joyful little thing to create and you will be able to make many using the technique I am going to share; you can then make them into anything you please!"

Chamomile MBU Team take on Snowdon for APP

Good luck to the Chamomile Mother & Baby Unit team from Birmingham who are taking on an epic challenge to help raise funds for APP this weekend - a team of 30 staff from the uniChamomile MBU Teamt will be attempting to summit the highest mountain in Wales - Mount Snowdon!

Plasters, insoles and plenty of snacks are packed and the team (which includes APP trustee Dr Giles Beresford) are raring to go!

Keep an eye on our social media feeds for updates during the weekend and you can show your support for their amazing efforts here - they're so close to their fundraising target! www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chamomile-mbu

We're really excited to see how they get on and can't wait for pictures from the summit! Wishing the whole team lots of luck!

Dads chat webinar, 12.30-1.30pm, Friday 17th June 2022

 

APP Dads chat webinar
12.30-1.30pm, Friday 17th June

Join us for a lunchtime chat about postpartum psychosis and dads' mental health with:

  • Simon O'Mara, APP Partner peer support coordinator
  • Hugo White, APP Ambassador
  • Professor Ian Jones, a world-leading expert on postpartum psychosis
  • Mark Williams, organiser of International Fathers’ Mental Health Day
  • Guest hosted by Kieran Anders from Dad Matters

Free, book ahead or just drop in: https://APPdadschat.eventbrite.com

This session will be recorded. Register for the event and we will email the recording afterwards.

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In partnership with

International Fathers’ Mental Health Day

Dad Matters

Action on Postpartum Psychosis statement: tragic news of Orlaith Quinn in Northern Ireland

We are deeply saddened by the tragic news about Orlaith Quinn in Northern Ireland. Our thoughts are with Orlaith’s family at this awful time. Our peer supporters are here for family members and anyone else who has been affected by postpartum psychosis.

Orlaith Quinn

Postpartum psychosis affects 1-2 in every thousand women who give birth in the UK. It should always be treated as a medical emergency and the recommended care involves immediate access to a specialist Mother and Baby Unit - of which there are currently none in Northern Ireland.

Sadly, there still isn’t enough awareness of postpartum psychosis - not only amongst the general public, but also amongst health professionals. This needs to change. Around half of women who experience postpartum psychosis have experienced no prior mental illness. Spotting the signs can be life-saving.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis works with health professionals to provide short training sessions that can significantly impact early diagnosis - helping professionals know when, where and how to signpost to specialist services. We also have a wealth of information available online to anyone who needs to find out more about the illness and its symptoms.

If postpartum psychosis is diagnosed quickly and treated appropriately, women make a full recovery from this severe and life-threatening illness.

Our trained peer supporters are here if you’d like to talk to someone. Find out about Action on Postpartum Psychosis peer support or contact us at app@app-network.org.

Find out about Action on Postpartum Psychosis training for health professionals.

Read about Action on Postpartum Psychosis research and campaigns.

Tonna Trekkers complete their #MilesforMumsandBabies Challenge!

Collage of the Uned Gobaith Miles for Mums team
Uned Gobaith team members taking part in their challenge.

A team of 17 from Uned Gobaith Mother and Baby Unit in Swansea Bay, Wales, have completed their APP #MilesforMumsandBabies Challenge this month - covering over 1000 miles between them during May.

In their first week they covered over 300 miles, initially doing the majority of them separately but they went on to organise a series of group walks - with a team of them even making it to the top of Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in Compilation of images of the team in their purple APP tshirtsSouth Wales!

 

Bethan Williams, Nursery Nurse at the unit, has been keeping us updated on their progress.

She says 'It's been lovely for us all getting out in the fresh air and has been a great team building activity, we have all enjoyed encouraging each other.  Between us we have walked, run, cycled and ridden 1018.4 miles across Wales, England, Norway and Greece.  We have had a number of group walks and our children and pets have enjoyed joining in with us.

We are thrilled that we have raised over £1,200 for APP and are looking forward to taking part in more challenges over the years. It has been a lovely event for us to do to celebrate our first year as a team.'

Tonna Trekkers on Aberavon Beach

Huge congratulations to the team on their amazing achievement and a massive thank you from all at APP!

You can still show your support for them at: www.justgiving.com/team/TeamTonnaTrekkers

It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week – here’s how to get involved

2nd – 8th May marks Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and APP is keen to get as many people involved as possible!

Awareness weeks like this are a brilliant opportunity to get more people talking about postpartum psychosis (and the signs and symptoms to look out for), and to ensure that anyone affected doesn’t feel alone and knows where they can turn to for help and support.

As such, we’ll be sharing personal stories, signposting people to support, information and advice and launching our new antenatal education campaign. We’re also going to be expanding our café groups in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – so keep your eyes peeled for more on that too!

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

In addition to Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership, there will be a focused World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day (Wed 4th May) and Pregnancy and Postpartum Psychosis Awareness Day (Fri 6th May).

How to get involved

During the week, there will be focused topic days and activities that you can get involved with by sharing our social media posts and web links to help reach more people. We’d also love to hear your stories and thoughts too – so please do tag us in anything you’re writing about online.

The theme for the full week is The Power of Connection – so we’re keen to hear about your experiences of peer support and how friends and family have helped you.

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week daily themes

Take part in free events

You can also take part in some FREE events that APP is proud to support including:

Understanding postpartum psychosis webinar

Thursday 5th May, 12pm: Understanding Psychosis

Join the National Centre for Mental Health in partnership with Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) and the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership to hear from researchers and the expert voices of those with lived experience of postpartum psychosis.

To book your free place, click here

Pregnancy and postpartum psychosis Awareness Day

Friday 6th May, 2pm BST: Author Panel

Join a conversation with authors with lived experience of postpartum psychosis. Hosted by Jessie Hunt, APP Marketing and Digital Communications Co-ordinator.

To book your free place, click here

Friday 6th May, 4pm BST: Pregnancy and Postpartum Psychosis Resources and Research Update

Learn about resources for women who are experiencing Pregnancy and Postpartum psychosis and their families. With guest speaker Dr Sally Wilson, APP Training and Research Co-ordinator.

To book your free place, click here

Friday 6th May, 7.45-8.30pm BST: Free online yoga session with Jo

Enjoy a mindful yoga session with Jo, a qualified yoga teacher and APP volunteer. You will need a yoga mat or non-slippy floor to practise on.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87537901587?pwd=UHRxNDFFNTA2Z3lHMTlqVXROamUrZz09

Meeting ID: 875 3790 1587
Passcode: 685471

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Disclaimer from Jo: I believe that yoga is for everyone. However, when you’re practising via an online class, it is up to you to assess whether the class is suitable for you. If you’re injured, ill or have any long-term conditions you should always consult a doctor before you start practising yoga. Unfortunately, this class is not suitable if you are pregnant. It is up to you to gauge the safety of your practise and to never exceed your own limitations. I would ask you to practise slowly and in a considered way, and never rush into anything new - move mindfully and always listen to your body to take what you need from the practise. The practise might leave you feeling tired but you should never be in pain. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't, so please back out of the posture and take a break if you need to. By clicking on the link to join the Zoom class you hereby agree to irrevocably release and waive any claims that you have now, or hereafter may have, against Joanne Bushell, 'Yoga with Jo.'
yogawithjo.net

Follow @ActionOnPP

Make sure you follow APP’s social media accounts throughout the week to get involved:

Twitter: @ActionOnPP

Instagram: @ActionOnPP

Facebook: Action on Postpartum Psychosis

#ThePowerOfConnection

#MaternalMHMatters

#PPPAwarenessDay