I suffered post-natal depression. It stole my life for months and months. It affected my relationship with my husband, my children, my parents, my friends and my colleagues. I still find there are days when I am battling back from the aftermath.
I am not alone and there are so many mums who find it hard to find any meaning or joy in the days when logic says they should be at their happiest as new mums. They are ill. I was ill.
There are tragic cases where mums do not survive this illness.
One such woman was Joanne Bingley and their is a Memorial Foundation that is aiming to tackle things and get support out to mums. So I implore you, if you care about mums, read on and sign this petition.
Currently the Mental Health care support for many women suffering with PND is totally inadequate and there needs to be a change.
This is what the petition says:
My wife Joanne (Joe) Bingley died on the 30th April 2010 when our beautiful baby girl, Emily Jane, was only 10 weeks old. She was suffering and being treated for Severe Postnatal Depression. The “Independent Investigation” into my wife’s death resulted in 21 recommendations being implemented across Yorkshire and Humberside. 10 years ago after the death of Dr Daksha Emson a panel of inquiry issued recommendations that should have lead to improvements across the UK. The Health Minister at the time, Rosie Winterton, issued a public apology and stated that Daksha’s tragic case should focus the attention of local Health Authorities and the National Health Service on improving mental health services for all. Over the last year I have learnt the truth regarding my wife’s treatment and death and that the failure to provide the specialist care necessary for women with postnatal depression is placing over 22,000 mothers a year at risk nationwide… please support our call to implement change
Please read about Joanne Bingley and the mum she was, about her family and what they are doing in her memory and think how you might possibly get involved to make a difference, here is the link: http://www.joebingleymemorialfoundation.org.uk/