Voices of the Valley Charity Concert

On Friday 14th June, 2013 some members of the APP Board, along with their friends, journeyed to Llay nr Wrexham in Wales for a charity concert performed by the internationally renowned, Welsh "Fron Male Voice Choir". APP will benefit financially by the Fron's generosity and we should like to thank all of the choir, their conductor and their management  for: the warmth of their welcome; for their flexibility in allowing us to invade their hall with our advertising banner and literature - thereby raising vital awareness ; and of course - for the soaring beauty of their singing! It was a truly magnificent gesture from a very busy choir and we look forward to maintaining contact with them in the future as we at APP also soar!

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Robin's Madrid Marathon Challenge

Madrid MarathonWhen I signed up to run the Madrid Marathon, I was aware that Madrid was likely to be pretty hot in April, and the course was far from flat.  Most marathon websites have a map of the course - this one had a map, but also an altimeter!  This fear of a gruelling few hours in the Spanish capital spurred me on to undergo some very wintry runs in the early months of the year.  The training became easier and more determined as more and more kind friends and family donated to APP.

I was then made aware of the charity fund-matching scheme of my employer, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), so with JLT and many friends backing me to finish the pressure was on.

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Can you help?

Royal College of General Practitioners
"Are you passionate about a particular aspect of clinical care that doesn't usually get a look in ? Do you want to help improve the quality of patient care in that area ? If so, CIRC (Clinical Innovation and Research Centre) wants to hear from you."

Each year the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) chooses four clinical areas and supports efforts to raise the profile and awareness of these areas both within general practice and across primary care as a whole. The RCGP also works in partnership with key decision-makers and opinion-formers in each area on projects that seek to improve both the quality of care provided and patient outcomes. Click here for further details

We're supporting a bid to the RCGP to get “Perinatal Mental Health” accepted as one of their clinical priorities for 2014-17.

For this we
 need to collect as many letters of support as possible from individuals and organisations explaining why important for GPs to receive specific training in perinatal mental health.

If you can help support this bid by writing a letter Click here to download the letter template

The application deadline is 31st May so we’d be very grateful for responses as soon as possible. Please email all completed letters to judy.shakespeare@virginmedia.com
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Perinatal Mental Health; The National Training Course 2013

 

Preventing suffering in this generation
& the next

20 and 21 June 2013

Winchester Cathedral, UK 

                • Carefully planned comprehensive course
                • national expert speakers
                • great networking opportunity
                • wonderful venue and location

For more details contact: Sue Wallis coursescentre@gmail.com

Click here to download the full programme

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APP Nominated as Sotheby's 2013 Charity

Sotheby'sFrom Friday 26th July, 2013 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. The exhibition will continue, thereafter for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm, at Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA

We are delighted to announce that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity. 

This wonderful support for APP is undertaken in memory of a well - loved colleague: Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (Alice Gibson-Watt) who, sadly, died recently. May we encourage you all to visit  this wonderful exhibition during the 2 weeks it is showing this summer? .... perhaps buy reasonably priced artwork ? ... or, if this is not possible, perhaps buy a beautifully produced 2013 Staff Exhibition sale catalogue from Sotheby’s, in which you will also find brief details of APP's work?

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Friends of APP - Marathon Fundraising

Jim Malbon successfully completed the Brighton marathon for APP. Warm thanks go to him for his valiant efforts - especially after hitting the "Wall" way before the finish line. He has raised a magnificent sum for our vital work and we think looks pretty good in our APP vest too!
 
Robin Hamilton is running the Madrid Marathon for us at the end of this month; again we are greatly indebted to him for this. We wish Robin well and hope the weather is not too hot for him.
 
The sums raised by Jim and Robin will prove invaluable in setting up our UK wide Peer Support networks and information banks - as well as in facilitating research - into this saddest of serious postnatal mental illnesses which can strike any mother, often "out of the blue".

(We have so many sporty partners and Friends of APP that we'll soon be able to produce running and triathlon teams!)

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Robin to run Madrid Marathon 28th April

"I am running a hot and hilly marathon in Madrid on Sunday 28th April this year. Just before Christmas a family friend of mine tragically died following a brief illness I had not previously heard of, Postpartum Psychosis (PP). She had had her first child, a beautiful girl, just 5 weeks beforehand."

"I have since learned that Postpartum Psychosis is a mental illness characterised by the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms following childbirth. As you will see on the charity website, APP is a charity set up with the following aims: To provide up to date information to women who have experienced PP & their families, to facilitate research into all aspects of PP, to facilitate a peer support network for women & their families, to increase awareness of PP, its symptoms, management & impact among health professionals & the general public, and to advocate for improved services for women & their families."

"With many people I know starting families, and with the sad loss of my friend, I feel that it is a very real and worthy cause which will help raise awareness of Postpartum Psychosis, and what can be done to prevent tragedy. Thank you so much for all your support, and thank you for any donations - I will be thinking of all of you who have supported the charity as I race around Madrid at the end of this month."

From all of us at APP, thank you very much Robin. We hope your training is going well & we wish you the very best of luck for the forthcoming run!
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Anti-stigma campaign shows drop in discrimination against people with mental health problems

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown there has been an 11.5% reduction in average levels of discrimination.

Led by King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), the study of England’s Time to Change anti-stigma programme (run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) provides the first evidence that it is possible to change the way the public treat people with mental health problems, but that a long term focus is needed to ensure that discrimination is removed from all areas of people’s lives. 

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Postpartum Depression: Surprising Rate of Women Depressed After Baby

A surprisingly high number of women have postpartum depressive symptoms, according to a new, large-scale study in the US.

This is the largest scale depression screening of postpartum women and the first time a full psychiatric assessment has been done in a study of postpartum women who screened positive for depression.

The study, which included a depression screening of 10,000 women who had recently delivered infants at single obstetrical hospital, revealed a large percentage of women who suffered recurrent episodes of major depression.

The study underscored the importance of prenatal as well as postpartum screening. Mothers' and infants' health and lives hang in the balance. The lives of several women who were suicidal when staff members called them for the screening were saved likely as a result of the study's screening and immediate intervention.

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APP's First Purple Wedding!

Purple WeddingAPP's first purple wedding took place on 2nd January 2013, when Jo Thorpe married Will Grace at Holdsworth House in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  After recovering from PP in 2010, Jo married her partner Will, whom she met whilst they played music together in a band, with their beautiful daughter, Marya, as a bridesmaid.  With purple ties, purple flowers, purple jewellery, purple bridesmaids and a purple wedding cake it made a spectacular purple party!  Even some guests showed support by dressing in purple too.  It was a very special day, with many friends and family who travelled from far and wide.

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