APP’s peer support service connects you with people who have been there. We can support you if you’ve had postpartum psychosis (PP), or experienced high mood or mania after the birth of your child, or if you are a partner or family member of someone who experienced PP.
We know that discharge from hospital, from a Mother and Baby Unit or from other treatment is usually only the beginning of a longer journey to recovery.
People often tell us they have never met or talked to anyone else who has experienced PP. Myths and misunderstandings about the illness can make it harder to talk to wider family, friends or other new mums about what happened.
You can talk to us, whether you are newly recovering, considering another baby, want to talk about parenting after PP, or even if you had PP many years ago and would just like to talk, ask questions, or meet others. Our peer support volunteers are mainly women who are recovered from PP, but we have partners, grandparents, and other family members too. They have been there and understand something of what you have been through.
We can also provide peer support and/or information if you are at high risk of postpartum psychosis (PP), because you are pregnant and have bipolar disorder.
There are different ways for you to get support, depending on what feels most comfortable for you.
Our online peer support forum
Read other people’s posts or write your own for support from our community of members and volunteers. You can access our online peer support forum here.
You can read the forum’s terms and conditions here.
One to one support
If you live in the UK and Ireland, you can access one to one peer support via private message, email, video call, or, in some parts of the country, meet a peer supporter in person.
Regional Café groups
In some areas of the country, we have lived experience café groups where women with PP, and their partners and family members, can meet together informally. There are currently groups across the UK, in Birmingham, Lancashire and South Cumbria, London, North East and North Cumbria, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sussex and Hampshire, Wales and Yorkshire. We also have groups for Partners and Grandparents. Café groups meet both online on Zoom and in person, so if you can’t get to a real one, you can always join a group for a cuppa online.
Upcoming café group dates:
- Birmingham, date and time to be announced. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Black Country, date and time to be announced. Email: email@example.com.
- Lancashire and South Cumbria, 7.30-9pm, Monday 10th October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lancashire and South Cumbria, 10.30am-12.30pm, Monday 17th October 2022 (meet up in person, Blackpool). Email: email@example.com.
- Lancashire and South Cumbria, 11am-1pm, Friday 21st October 2022 (meet up in person, Preston). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- London, 7:30-9pm, Monday 17th October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Email: email@example.com.
- North East and North Cumbria, 1.30pm, Monday 17th October 2022 (meet up in person, near Penshaw). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Northern Ireland, 12-1.30pm, Friday 14th October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Register for your place here.
- Scotland, date and time to be announced. Email: email@example.com.
- Sussex and Hampshire, 7.30-9pm, Monday 3rd October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sussex and Hampshire, 2-4pm, Saturday 22nd October 2022 (meet up in person). Email: email@example.com
- Wales, 12-1.30pm, Monday 17th October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Yorkshire, 7.30-9pm, Thursday 13th October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Register for your place here.
- Partners, 8-9pm, every 3rd Wednesday of the month (virtual meet up on Zoom). Zoom joining link: bit.ly/PARTNERMEET.
- Grandparents, 6pm- 7.30pm, Thursday 6th October 2022 (virtual meet up on Zoom). Email: email@example.com.
To see dates beyond these listed, visit our Facebook events page.
To join a café group:
We are continuing to seek funding to make café groups available in even more regions.
APP cannot provide crisis support. You can find further information about getting urgent help here. Our peer support service will be waiting to help as you begin to recover. We have all been where you are – you will get better.
We are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery who funded the Peer Support Project from 2012-2016, enabling us to set up our PP community and peer support services, and to the University of Birmingham and the University of Cardiff for hosting our project.