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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APP is seeking a Treasurer

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APP is looking for a Treasurer to help with robust financial management, planning and reporting. The Treasurer will oversee the work of the Accountant and Book-keeper in partnership with the Director and Operations Manager.

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The impact of Eastenders...

A new study 'Qualitative exploration of the effect of a television soap opera storyline on women with experience of Postpartum Psychosis' has just been published about the impact of EastEnders' award winning Postpartum Psychosis storyline on women with personal experience of PP, by medical student Lewis Roberts working with APP.

QualExplorationofTV_APPauthorsMar2018The research explored how the storyline and concomitant increase in public awareness of postpartum psychosis have been received by women who have recovered from the condition. Nine semi-structured, one-to-one interviews were conducted with women who had experienced postpartum psychosis. Thematic analysis consistent with Braun and Clarke's six-step approach was used to generate themes from the data.

The results showed that public exposure provided by the postpartum psychosis portrayal was deemed highly valuable, and its mixed reception encompassed potentially therapeutic benefits in addition to harms. The research highlights the complexity of using television drama for public education and may enable mental health organisations to better focus future practices of raising postpartum psychosis awareness.

You can read and download the full article here or access online here.

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Bipolar and pregnancy: decisions, decisions, decisions…

APP trustee Clare Dolman reports on her PhD which some APP members kindly contributed to.

liz bumpIf you’re a woman with bipolar disorder and you’re contemplating having a child, there’s quite a lot to consider. We now know from research (often conducted with the help of Bipolar UK members) that about 50% of women with bipolar are likely to have some sort of episode during pregnancy or postnatally. But 20-25% of women with bipolar will suffer a postpartum psychosis (PP), which is a more severe episode which requires emergency treatment and usually a stay in hospital.

Though these statistics may seem alarming, it’s important to recognise that a) there’s a 75% chance you won’t have a PP and b) if you’re unlucky and do, PP usually responds very well to treatment and you can get back to being a great mum to your baby very soon. When I suffered a PP after the birth of my daughter, it was an advantage that I already had a diagnosis of bipolar because both I and my husband knew within days of the birth that I needed psychiatric help – whereas it often goes unrecognised for a long time in women without a diagnosis, thus giving the condition more time to get worse. I had to go to hospital for five weeks and stop breastfeeding so I could restart my lithium, but I never lost the bond with my daughter and, once home, quickly re-established a routine of caring for her.

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An invaluable visit to Bluebell!

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With thanks to funding from Comic Relief, our Peer Support Coordinators, Ellie and Hannah, and Director, Jess, were able to travel to Bristol to meet with members of the Bluebell peer support team, to share ideas and hear about each other’s projects, both of which are funded by Comic Relief.

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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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