On 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.
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.
Bipolar 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.
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.
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.
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!
Are 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 email@example.com or 020 7931 6480.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your support.
APP were well-represented at the SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit in London this month.
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.
Comic 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!!
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.