Chris said ‘in 2019 my incredible wife Natalie gave birth to our son Dean. Shortly after giving birth my wife experienced postpartum psychosis (PP), a rare and serious but treatable health illness that can develop after having a baby. In our case this was completely and incredibly unexpected. I can honestly say that PP has been the most frightening challenge we are ever likely to face.
Natalie had a total of three stays on the MBU in Bournemouth. Despite the illness we have so many fond memories of our time in Bournemouth and the MBU. The care the staff at the MBU provided for my wife and son was just amazing and we will forever be so thankful for everything they did for us.
During my wife’s first stay at the MBU I found APP. I have personally found the APP peer support scheme and contact with another father who has their own experience of PP really supportive. Even at the most difficult of times.
At the beginning of the year my wife and I decided that it was time to do something to share our story and increase awareness of this awful illness. In January 2021 we decided to start running, with the goal that we would together complete a 10k run’.
Chris and Natalie’s fundraiser has already broken their original £200 target. We would like to say a huge thank you to Chris and Natalie for supporting APP and to all who have donated so far.
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