Unmissable: 'Irene's Ghost' at the BFI Film Festival 2018!

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Irene’s Ghost, a film by Iain Cunningham, premiered at the Curzon , Mayfair on Saturday 13th Oct, at the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival 2018.

Some of APP's staff and volunteers were able to attend the premier on the weekend and here's what Heather Heron, APP Fundraising Volunteer, had to say:

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Thank you to APP's Treasurer and Trustee Sue Blamire

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We were very sad to say goodbye to APP’s Treasurer and Trustee, Sue Blamire, who retired at the end of March 2018 after 8 years. Staff and Trustees had a whip-round for a thank you present.

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Irene's Ghost premiere's at the BFI London Film Festival!

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After 6 years in the making, it’s a wrap for Iain Cunningham’s film Irene’s Ghost, which is premiering at the BFI London Film Festival this Autumn! Thank you to all the APP experts and volunteers who worked with Iain when he was researching his film, and to the many APP members who were filmed during Iain’s research.

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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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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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Celebrating World Maternal Mental Health Day in Sheffield!

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As part of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, and on World Maternal Mental Health Day, APP was invited to the Sheffield Perinatal Mental Health Service 'Perinatal Get-Together' on 2nd May 2018.

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A moment to celebrate!

photo courtesy of The Guardian
photo courtesy of The Guardian

We learned of the amazing news that NHS England will be funding perinatal mental health services across all of England within the next year, which will end the postcode lottery for accessing the right support.

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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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