The Self Care Unicorn at Guys & St Thomas'!

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A big round of applause to the two Laura’s at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for organising such a brilliant event on Monday 15th May to raise awareness about mental health with donations in aid of APP

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, the staff in women's services at Guys & St Thomas’ could take home an amazing ‘Self-Care Goodie Bag’ in return for a suggested donation to charity. The goodie bags included, amongst other gifts and APP leaflets, some gorgeous donated gifts from LUSH, alongside mouth-watering cakes from Print Cakes!

Laura said: “I automatically thought of APP, especially after Ellie and Kat have kindly volunteered their time to assist with our training…Our communications team will be sharing photos from the day on social media and thought again we could share APP love this way.

And there were indeed some brilliant photos from the day (see below) with some very happy faces from the staff at Guys & St Thomas’!

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Laura Costello has since been nominated for an #NHS70 award for the Self Care bags – what a fantastic achievement – vote for Laura here!

And you can still donate via the Go Fund Me page here - thank you.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in organising the day, and for all the hard work involved pulling it all together, we know it takes a lot of time and energy, so a very big THANK YOU from us all at APP!

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Gillian's Charity Cake & Craft Sale in the Wirral!

Huge thanks to Gillian and her daughter, who are busy organising a Charity Cake and Craft Sale on Saturday 16th June, at the West Kirby Library the Concourse in Wirral!

There will be plenty of delicious cakes on sale, as well as a host of craft stalls including calligraphy and watercolour artwork cards and jewellery making! The event will also feature Story Telling sessions with the local writers group, and lots of second hand books for sale as well.

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We think this sounds like a really brilliant event, and we hope it’s a great day out for everyone! Thanks to Gillian and everyone who is helping to support this fantastic event.

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Sarah's Jolly Jingles for APP!

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A big three cheers for Sarah who organised a brilliant cake sale and raffle at her local Jolly Jingles music session on 7th May, as part of our Music 4 Mums initiative in aid of APP!

Sarah has also been extremely busy on the radio with two appearances this week as well! As one of our media volunteers, Sarah was interviewed by Zetland FM (listen again here) as well as on the BBC Tees (listen again here), talking so engagingly about maternal mental health and her own PP experience.

APP say Thank You so much Sarah, what a star!

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Helen is running the Royal Parks Half for APP!

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A very big Thank You to Helen, our second runner in the 2018 Royal Parks Half Marathon! The stunning central London Half is taking place on Sunday 14th October and takes in some of the capital’s world–famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks; Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Helen is running in aid of APP after suffering with PP after the birth of her second son. She says:

"I experienced PP 5 weeks after the birth of my second son, when I was severely sleep deprived from his terrible re-flux. I had no history of mental health issues and awoke one day from a nap into an uncontrollable panic that turned into me being removed from my home by the police and ambulance into a&e....It was a significant struggle to find any service that could support me and my family at a time when Bradford had no specialist perinatal mental health service. It left me bewildered, isolated, frustrated and feeling alone at a time when I had never before been so vulnerable and in need...

My Sister in desperation googled and found APP and got the Guides produced by APP which were invaluable to me understanding my symptoms and knowing recovery was possible. As I began to improve I used the peer support forum to learn more and realise I was not alone in what I was experiencing. APP supported me and my family during a time of terrible upset and their patient information, training, research and awareness raising is invaluable. Perinatal mental health matters. It’s not easy to acknowledge that things can be awful at a time when they are supposed to be joyous.

But the good news is, full recovery is entirely possible and in a weird kind of way, had it not happened, I might not have appreciated my beautiful boys as much as I do, and want to spend the majority of my time with them as I do now.

Help is out there, in the form of APP and all that it is doing for awareness raising towards investment in this neglected and important area of care.

Please give whatever you can in the hope that other new mums can be supported in a time of need."

Visit Helen's Just Giving page here and please donate what you can.

Thanks so much to Helen for taking on this challenge in aid of APP, and we wish you all the very best with your training! 

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Church Gresley's charity stall for APP!

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Warm thanks go to the loyal team of 'Helping Hands' who celebrated Maternal Mental Health Week by organising a charity stall for APP on Saturday 5th May in the Midlands village of Church Gresley. It wasn’t exactly a 'Music4Mums' event but there certainly was a buzzing atmosphere and much humming about what to buy and what delicious food choices to make !

The morning’s efforts raised a total of £410 for APP which was just amazing within the space of a few hours!

Thank you all so much for continuing to promote APP. Thanks also to Corinne Spokes and her network of family and friends who over the past few months have been donating new and nearly new items which certainly helped to swell the coffers. It is no mean feat to load one’s car with bric-a-brac, clothes and toys week after week, but the community in Church Gresley benefited from Corinne’s (and others’) selfless hard work as did its very pretty church which is currently undergoing restoration.

Once again, thank you all - it means so much to our charity and to all women who have suffered or are suffering from PP.

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Browns of Brockley's free coffee collection!

2018BrownsBrockleyA very big thank you to wonderful owners of Browns of Brockley coffee van who gave away free coffees in their first week's trading at Brockley Market in South East London, in return for donations to APP! 

Their customers gave generously and they managed to collect just under £500 in aid of APP. What a fantastic thing to do, and their coffee must be seriously good!

You can find the Browns of Brockley coffee van selling coffee, and more, every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Brockley Market, Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way. Thank you to everyone who generously donated.

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Catherine ran the Brighton Marathon!

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Three cheers for Catherine who successfully ran the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April, in aid of APP and managed to smashed her fundraising target of £1,000!

Catherine said: 
"I am happy to say that I managed to recover reasonably quickly. Luckily the weather was much more manageable than had I run London today, so I am very thankful for that! I completed the race in 4:28, which I was happy with since I was aiming for below 4:30."

APP say a very big Thank You to Catherine, what a fantastic and inspiring achievement!

You can still donate to Catherine's Just Giving page here. 

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Nicholas completed the Great Welsh Marathon!

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A big Thank You to Nicholas who successfully completed the Great Welsh Marathon on Sunday, 15th April, in aid of APP! Nicholas bravely battled the incessant wet and windy Welsh weather on the day, and amazingly achieved a PB!

Nicholas said:
"I really pushed it on the day to try and beat certain time...and got a PB! (although didn’t get under 4 hours). The weather was not good on the day - windy and rainy - wind was hard running in to! Otherwise all went well and really enjoyed it in a crazy way….nice course and people involved were great - marshals and runners. So far total for APP raised is around £230. I hope this may go up with donations post run 🙂"

 You can still support Nicholas via his Just Giving page here.

A very big and heartfelt Thank you to Nicholas from us all at APP!

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Rachel to run the Royal Parks Half!

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APP say a BIG Thank You to Rachel who will be running in this year's Royal Parks Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday 14th October, in aid of APP! This stunning central London Half Marathon, takes in some of the capital's world - famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London's eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens.

Rachel is running in aid of APP after suffering with PP in 2017, she says:

"On Christmas Day 2016 we welcomed our little boy into the world. We were over the moon and brought him home on Boxing Day feeling daunted, scared but so so proud!

We didn’t know that just two days later I would be readmitted to hospital with a condition none of us had ever heard of before, Postpartum Psychosis....After a short stay in a mother and baby unit 50 miles from home I was discharged and have received support from a brilliant charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

I’m running the royal parks half marathon to raise much needed funds for APP so that no women or families have to face this misunderstood condition alone. The charity has supported my family and me hugely throughout my recovery. And quite honestly I wouldn’t be where I am without them."

Please visit Rachel's Just Giving page here and donate what you can - thank you.

Thanks so much to Rachel for taking on this challenge in aid of APP, and we wish you all the very best with your training!

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Megan is jumping out of a plane for APP!

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Three cheers for Megan who has bravely volunteered to jump out of a plane in aid of APP on Saturday 30th June!

Megan says: 
"I will be skydiving in Bridlington for Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) on Saturday the 2nd of June. I have chosen this date to mark my nephew, Ethan’s, 1st birthday and a year since my sister suffered with Postpartum Psychosis (PP). PP occurs around the time of birth and involves the sufferer experiencing serious hallucinations and/or delusions. Hayley was sectioned under the mental health act following the birth of Ethan due to the severity of this illness. She was lucky enough to be given a place in a Mother and Baby Unit in Leeds where she could be looked after by a psychiatric team whilst remaining with Ethan. They were accompanied 24 hours a day to ensure their safety and it is charities like APP that help campaign for these wonderful services. Hayley has since benefited from other APP services such as the use of other women’s stories to help process what has happened to her. Without this support Hayley wouldn’t have made the progress she has made in such a short space of time. As a family also recovering from this traumatic time we have benefited from the resources APP provide.

The purpose of this skydive is not only to raise money for this important charity but to raise awareness of this serious illness. With more recognition of PP more women may be prevented from suffering and given the care they need earlier on.

We appreciate any donation you can make and can’t thank you enough for your support. Surely it’s at least worth a donation just to see me throw myself out of a plane?

Thank you!
Megan, Hayley and Family x"

Please visit Megan's Just Giving page here and donate what you can.

A very BIG THANK YOU to Megan for jump-starting our Big APP Skydiving year - we'll be busy cheering her on from the ground! 

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