Become an APP Media Volunteer
Would you be happy to talk to the media about Postpartum Psychosis? Or to take part in projects to raise awareness of Postpartum Psychosis? A media volunteer is someone with experience of Postpartum Psychosis who would be willing to share their story with other people via the media.
If you’d like more information about being an APP Media Volunteer, please fill in your details below and we’ll get in touch with you.
What is a Media Volunteer?
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What is a Media Volunteer?
A media volunteer is someone with experience of Postpartum Psychosis who would be willing to share their story with other people via the media. For examples of news stories, explore our webpage 'Postpartum Psychosis in 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 Postpartum Psychosis.
- 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 Postpartum Psychosis is, and the differences between Postpartum Psychosis 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 Postpartum Psychosis 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 Postpartum Psychosis.
- The knowledge and commitment to create change that arises from the lived experience of Postpartum Psychosis 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 Postpartum Psychosis. This will help to dispel the myths and misunderstanding that often exist in the media about Postpartum Psychosis. Providing relatable information for other mothers and partners going through Postpartum Psychosis, including stories of recovery, is very valuable.
What would I have to do?
When APP is contacted by magazines, newspapers, TV or radio journalists, 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 our Media Advisor to create your ‘case study’ – an outline of your story. You will be sent Media Volunteer Information to help you understand the process in more detail. Our Media Advisor will provide you with support during all stages of the process.
APP Media Volunteer application form
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