Birmingham Family Fun Event

Birmingham Purple PartyOn 18th Aug , APP 's Heather Heron and Nic Muckelroy journeyed to Martineau Gardens in Birmingham to attend a special family fun event organised by staff of Birmingham's Mother & Baby Unit (MBU). We are grateful to Giles Berrisford and Clare Hooper for affording us the opportunity to man an APP stall in order to raise awareness of PP. It was a hugely enjoyable day for those families who have benefited from such a great facility as the Birminham MBU and for those friends who continue to support it. If you have not been to Martineau gardens : go ! It is a wonderfully quirky little place for children and families.

Read full news item

Sotheby's Staff Summer Exhibition

On 25th July, Sotheby's organised a Staff Summer Exhibition in London. APP was the chosen charity and a great preview evening was enjoyed by a huge throng of invited guests, including APP trustees. We are greatly indebted to the team at Sotheby's including all of the artists and those who produced the impressive catalogue. It was humbling to see Sotheby's staff working so hard on our behalf, both on the special preview night and prior to it.  Informative and moving speeches were delivered by Nic Muckelroy and Prof. Ian Jones and the feedback from all involved was really positive.

We will report soon on the final amount raised at this event.

Read full news item

Bipolar and Pregnancy: what are the options?

Bipolar & pregnancy workshop Sept 2013Bipolar UK and APP staged a ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth Workshop’ for women with bipolar on September 20th.

More than two dozen women and two husbands attended the workshop held at the charity’s headquarters in Victoria, London, to discuss the often difficult decisions women with bipolar face when considering pregnancy.

Read full news item

Pregnancy support group is NHS first for Cornwall

Great news for women in the South West: Cornwall gets its first perinatal mental health service - read this piece by Esmé Ashcroft in local paper The West Briton.

Anthony Harrison, The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust
Anthony Harrison, founder of The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, at the launch of the new perinatal mental health service at Truro Health Park

Pregnancy support group is NHS first for Cornwall

CORNWALL'S first mental health service aimed at helping women before, during and after pregnancy was launched on Monday thanks to support from a local charity.

With the help of the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launched the county's first perinatal mental health team to help women across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The new service supports women who have had previous experience or newly developed moderate to severe mental health needs, during and after pregnancy.

The perinatal mental health team aims to speed up the diagnosis of mental instability so women can be given support and help as early as possible.

Read full news item

APP / PP Catalogue Advert

APP catalogue advert / PP information

These are the two pages providing information on Postpartum Psychosis & APP charity printed in the Sotheby's London, 22nd July - 9th August catalogue.

Many thanks & heartfelt gratitude to Sotheby's staff for your considerable efforts & hosting a wonderful event!

Click here to download the advert pdf»

Read full news item

Bipolar UK’s Women, Pregnancy & Childbirth Workshop

BipolarUK_Logo_Colour_JPG High ResAre you a woman with bipolar, or concerned about the potential of bipolar, who would like more information about pregnancy and childbirth?

Bipolar UK Chair of Trustees Clare Dolman (who has bipolar and is a mother of two) and perinatal psychiatrist Professor Ian Jones invite you to join them at Bipolar UK’s Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth Workshop to discuss the choices facing women with bipolar who are thinking about pregnancy.

Date: Friday 20 September 2013
Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Attendance is free as the workshop is being supported by Bipolar UK and Cardiff University. Our experience is that these workshops are very popular. If after confirming your place you are unable to attend please let us know and we will be able to offer the availability to another. We will be seeking a late cancellation charge of £20 for anyone not attending on the day and not informing us by Sunday 15 September.

Places are limited, so please confirm your attendance with Sally Roberts on sroberts@bipolaruk.org.uk or 020 7931 6480.

 

Read full news item

Support Us at Sotheby’s Annual Staff Exhibition

sothebys catalogue

From Friday 26th July Sotheby’s staff are to hold their Annual Staff Exhibition where the public can view and buy artwork created by members of Sotheby’s staff. We are delighted that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity and we receive 15% on sales of very reasonably priced artwork.  APP will also have a stand there and we appear (in some detail) in their catalogue which Sotheby's will kindly donate 100% of sales to us.The exhibition runs from 26th July - 9th August, Mon to Fri, 9am till 4.30pm, Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA.

It would be wonderful if you could support us by taking a trip to the exhibition or by buying a catalogue? Or even buy some artwork? Or perhaps you or your company would enclose a donation in our envelopes - available from the APP stall?

Catalogues are available at the exhibition or we are selling them at £3.50 each +postage, please contact heather@www.app-network.org

Thank you in advance for your support.

Read full news item

APP Attend SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit

APP were well-represented at the SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit in London this month.Sapphire_summit

Trustee Clare Dolman and member Ceri Rose manned the APP stall and its neighbour promoting the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.  Both organisations attracted interest from many of the 400 delegates who were gathered at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, to discuss the impact of stigma and discrimination in mental health.

Recorded excerpts from the Radio 4 documentary ‘Unravelling Eve’ (involving several APP members) were also played at the Summit, which was also attended by project artist Joan Molloy.

 

Read full news item

Comic Relief Funding for Maternal Mental Health Campaign

comic relief logoComic Relief has awarded the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) £250k to run a Maternal Mental Health Campaign over three years.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of thirty UK organisations committed to better mental health & wellbeing for women & their children in pregnancy & the first postnatal year, in order to improve long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers & children.

This funding is a result of work undertaken earlier this year to develop a Theory of Change for the campaign and the coming together of our organisations to harness our collective strength. Action on Postpartum Psychosis will act as official host / applicant.

This is wonderful news, not only does this provide necessary resources; it also highlights the huge importance of Maternal Mental Health in general. THANK YOU Comic Relief!!

Read full news item

SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit

APP will have a promotional stall at a major mental health conference next week: the SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit (research programme on stigma and discrimination in mental health) held in London on Thursday, July 4th.

Health Minister Norman Lamb, Charles Walker MP and Frank Bruno are among the guest speakers at the summit, the theme of which is "Sharing Stories to Stop Stigma'.

Tickets are still available (only £10 for service users), see the website for details www.sapphire.iop.kcl.ac.uk

Click to view & download event flyer>

Read full news item

199