Megan jumps for APP!

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Three Cheers for Megan who bravely completed her skydive in aid of APP on Saturday! Megan's first jump scheduled for the beginning of June was postponed on the day due to poor weather conditions, but the sun shone brightly last Saturday, 30th June, for Megan's jump to take place!

After Megan's jump she posted up on the APP Facebook page about her experience, and said: "I DID IT! Absolutely 100% the best thing I've ever done in my life...I enjoyed it so much, I'm booked in for a second turn at 3pm (at my own expense!) Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me, you've really made a difference!"

And for her second jump, she managed to persuade her sister and partner to join her! 

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Megan said: "It was absolutely amazing! If you've never done one I recommend that you do. I simply can't put it into words how much of an experience it was. I'm so pleased at how much awareness we have raised as well, there are so many people who have sponsored me that simply didn't know about PP before. I feel so proud of myself and my family!"

Megan chose to jump in aid of APP after her sister suffered with Postpartum Psychosis in 2017, she said her sister "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."

APP are also very proud of you Megan, and congratulations on completely smashing your fundraising target too, amazing!

You can still donate to Megan's JustGiving page here for the next couple of weeks.

Thank you once again to Megan for her wonderful support and heroic jump in aid of APP!

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MIND READING: The Power of Personal Story

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Postpartum Psychosis has, for many years, been shrouded in shame and fear, silencing the women and families who have suffered it. This silence has an impact that reverberates through our community.

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Joe's Triathlon challenge!

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A big Thank You to Joe Kettle who is aiming to complete his first ever triathlon on Saturday 21st July in aid of APP and Rethink Mental Illness!

Joe's Triathlon takes place around the superb Dorney Lake in Windsor, and a former Olympic venue; it offers a fast, flat course with closed roads and ideal swimming conditions. The triathlon takes in a 400m swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run!

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Please support Joe's amazing challenge and donate via his Virgin Money Giving page here.

APP wishes Joe the very best of luck with this enormous challenge and hopes he has a fantastic day at Dorney Lake!

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Thank you to Gillian and her daughters!

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Many thanks to Gillian and her daughter who successfully raised over £300 for APP and a local cancer hospice at their recent Craft and Cake sale in the Wirrall!

Gillian said: "For a long time my daughters Ishbel (7), Eryn (5) and Carys (4) have been very keen to do a charity cake sale after seeing one of their friends do one outside their house last year. So after Easter I decided we should give it a try and do a joint one for APP with my friend Michelle and her daughter Niamh (6). As they had a friend in the local cancer hospice we decided to make it a joint event with the money being split between the two charities.

We thought it would be good to do it at our local library who were very supportive and sat down with the children to discuss the details and set a date. After that the children made lots of cards and also handmade jewellery to sell and nearer the time baking cakes as well. We advertised with lots of posters and flyers. On the day we were quite overwhelmed with friends contributing and attending. My friend Michelle also received a phone call on the day of the sale from ASDA where she works to say they had seen her poster and would like to match the funding.

We were delighted to raise £350 which as a result of the matched funding can go to both APP and St John’s Hospice. Everyone enjoyed the day very much and are delighted it went so well."

It looks like everyone had a great day at the West Kirby Library last week!

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APP thanks Gillian and her daughter for their support and huge effort involved in putting on this event! 

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Charity Gala supporting APP!

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Friends of Action on Postpartum Psychosis are holding a CHARITY GALA at Overseal Village Hall and Recreation Ground on Saturday 14th July.

With over 80 stalls featuring new, nearly new clothes for all ages, shoes, bric a brac, toys, gifts and bargains galore! Plus a Dog Show and more...

The Gala is taking place on Saturday 14th July at the Overseal Village Hall & Recreation Ground, Woodville Rd, Overseal, DE12 6LU, from 2.00 to 5.00pm, with entrance fee of £1.

APP would like to thank all the Friends of APP for their consistent and solid support.

We hope you have a fantastic (and sunny!) day on 14th July - thank you.

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APP at the Wales PMH launch!

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APP Director, Dr Jess Heron, and APP Wales Volunteers Sally Wilson, Sarah Dearden, Charlotte Harding & Barbara Cunningham attended the launch of the NSPCC Cymru / Wales report Bumps to Babies: Perinatal Mental Health in Wales. The excellent report, written by Sarah Witcombe-Hayes and supported by NSPCC, National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), Mind Cymru, Mental Health Foundation and Maternal Mental Health Everyone’s Business Campaign, examines the experience of women who suffer pre and postnatal illness in Wales. It makes a number of recommendations, adding weight to the findings in the report by the Welsh Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee (Perinatal Mental Health in Wales, October 2017 ).

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APP seeks Peer Support Facilitator for Lancashire & Cumbria!

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APP is seeking a part-time peer support facilitator with lived experience of postpartum psychosis to support women in the new mother and baby unit in Chorley, and in the community in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Peer Support Facilitator position will be home-based  (with time in Ribblemere Mother & Baby Unit, Chorley and travel around the Lancashire and Cumbria regions), part-time (2.5 days a week) for a 24 month fixed term contract, with possible extension for a further 3 years.

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Anya & Vicky are trekking Cambodia!

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APP's Media Advisor, Vicky, is taking on the incredible challenge of trekking Cambodia, alongside her good friend Anya, in aid of APP! Vicky and Anya have chosen different charities but hope together to raise thousands, so have set a minimum target of £1500 each.

VICKYAnya and Vicky are doing their 'Centenary Challenge' with Trek Cambodia, who say 'The amazing trekking challenge takes in the stunning jungles and traditional Cambodian villages, finishing at the spectacular ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. Along the way there will be the opportunity to visit a local school and they will spend one very special night with a local family for a home stay.  The challenge will be tough but the friendship and camaraderie along the way will be very special.'

Vicky says 'Please donate whatever you can, every penny makes a difference (and will help keep us motivated as we trek through jungles, cross rivers, battle mosquitos and aching limbs as we trek Cambodia).'

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

APP wish Vicky and Anya all the best with their training and trekking adventure, and say a very big Thank You!

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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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