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PNDandMe Blog

This is the blog section of PND and Me, which is how it began. We'll be posting regular blogs and are always interesting in sharing other peoples experiences of maternal mental illness, so please get in touch with us if you'd like to share your story. Rosey x

Blue Monday? #PlantASmile

16th January 2017 POSTED BY Rosey Wren
#PNDChat, Postnatal Depression
Blue Monday (the third Monday in January) has in recent years been dubbed the most depressing day of the year. For those out there like me, who suffer with a mental illness it can feel like it belittles the reality of living with mental illness as you can feel blue any day!
Living with depression is so much more than feeling a bit blue.
I can see how it can have its uses to raise awareness of mental illness but for me personally, I’m not so keen on it as there are so many other opportunities to raise awareness than a day that has no scientific basis.
If we use it for anything it must be to raise awareness that living with a mental illness is an every day thing. Some days are so much harder than others, every day can feel like a ‘Blue Monday’ to someone with a mental illness and we must do what we can do let those suffering know they are not alone.
This leads me on to the #PlantASmile event that Mind and Moonpig are collaborating on for Monday 16th January. I was invited to attend but sadly can’t make it. However I really like the idea...

Seeking Help for Postnatal Depression

5th January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
Seeking help for Postnatal Depression is the bravest thing you do and you have that courage within you, even if you don't know it.
It is never too late to speak to someone and tell them you are struggling, when you seek help you can get the support you need....

What I've learnt from blogging about Perinatal Mental Illness

3rd January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
I’ve been blogging about Perinatal Mental Health for nearly three years now. It began as a personal blog and since changing my website, I have lost a few of the more personal posts from when I began but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten what it was that started my...

How Babywearing "saved" me from Postnatal Depression

3rd January 2014 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
I discovered ‘babywearing’ during my 3rd pregnancy; I got a stretchy wrap for those newborn days. I was suffering with prenatal depression by 28 weeks its important to point out.
I started babywearing when my baby was just a few days old, I’d wrap him up on those mornings where...

We are PND and Me

16th November 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
So, on Monday 14th November I travelled to London to attend the MIND Media Awards, which I was absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in, I was in the Blogger category and was blown away to win the award. It means more to me than I could ever really...

Shortlisted for #MindAwards

1st October 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
A few weeks ago I found out I was shortlisted in the MIND Media Awards in the Blogger category. Ovewhelmed is probably the word I would use to describe how I felt when I found out. 
When I began PND and Me, it was "just" a blog, it was my...

I found my lighthouse and with it, hope

18th September 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDChat, #PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
PND and Me, came from a very dark place, a place where the sun didn’t shine and there was very little hope to cling to, it came from a time of isolation, sadness and loneliness. A time where I didn’t want to live.
Somehow though, the poem came to me...

Perinatal Mental Health, From a GP perspective

29th August 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
Dr Carrie Ladd, August 2016
GP and RCGP Clinical Fellow in Perinatal Mental Health
@LaddCar
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If parenthood is not what you were expecting, you’re not alone. The tough reality of relentless sleepless nights, seemingly untreatable colic and the colossal physical efforts of looking after someone else’s primal needs ahead of your own...

From under the blanket of Postnatal Depression - Felicity's story

29th August 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
Mums Stories, Postnatal Depression
*Trigger Warning, mention of Birth Trauma*
My name is Felicity. I have a perinatal mental illness. It's easy to admit from the safety of my laptop, no eyes looking directly at me, judging me, fueling the shame that I hide within. This is why I've never admitted to friends or...
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