Would you be happy to talk to the media about PP? Or to take part in projects to raise awareness of PP? A media volunteer is someone with experience of postpartum psychosis (PP) who would be willing to share their story with other people via the media.
If you’d like more information about being a Media Volunteer please fill in your details below and we’ll get in touch with you.
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What is a Media Volunteer?
A media volunteer is someone with experience of postpartum psychosis (PP) who would be willing to share their story with other people via the media.
Why do we need Media Volunteers?
- Myths and misunderstandings about Postpartum Psychosis exist in the media, and contribute to a poor general public and health professional awareness of PP.
- Newly diagnosed women and their partners search for information on the internet and often only find stories about tragedies that have occurred. We would like to tackle stigma and redress this balance by providing stories about the real issues women and their families face, and include stories of hope and recovery.
- There is frequently confusion about what PP is, and the differences between PP and Postnatal Depression. We aim to get accurate information into the public domain about PP – its symptoms, outcomes, causes and care.
- The poor public awareness of PP directly impacts upon illness outcomes for women. Delayed identification of symptoms by first line health professionals, family and friends results in longer, more severe, and more difficult to treat episodes. This delay increases the risk of tragedies occurring.
- Poor awareness in communities impacts upon the recovery process, adding to women’s feelings of isolation, alienation, shame and guilt following an episode of PP
- The knowledge and commitment to create change that arises from the lived experience of PP has a power to engage and influence people in a way that facts and figures from experts cannot.
- Volunteers have the best knowledge of their local area and can advise us on local issues and stories of interest (for example the closure of a Mother & Baby Unit, a local fundraising event, etc.), which could prompt a story.
- To tell the real stories of women and partners who have been through PP. This will help to dispel the myths and misunderstanding that often exist in the media about PP. Providing relatable information for other mothers and partners going through PP, including stories of recovery, is very valuable.
What would I have to do?
When APP is contacted by magazines, newspapers, TV or radio personnel, we would contact you to see if you would be willing to be involved in speaking to them.
What training would I receive?
If you feel you would like to become a Media Volunteer, you would work closely with Media Coordinator Lucy Vernall to create your ‘case study’ – an outline of your story. You will be sent a Media Volunteer Information Pack to help you understand the process in more detail. Lucy will provide you with support during all stages of the process.