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MY RECOVERY FROM PND, MATERNAL ANXIETY AND MATERNAL OCD

WARNING – this article may be triggering if you’re feeling low. Includes mention of self-harm. Please look after yourself if you do choose to read this. If you feel you need support please contact your GP or the Samaritans (you can call them 24/7 on 116 123).

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I was recently asked by my children’s head teacher - what is mental health in parenting? We were discussing general wellbeing and what it is in terms of mental health. Was she asking because she genuinely wasn’t sure or did she want to see what I thought? Maybe a combination. But I hesitated even with all the lived experience I have. I think I was slightly taken aback because really for me it encapsulates so much and yet is so hard to define so simply! With my pause in the conversation she said curtly, “It’s attachment, isn’t it?” “Well yes,” I uttered, “I guess…” And then after a short while, a pause which I allowed myself this time, I took a deeper breath and said, “it’s about being healthy in yourself too and providing a healthy narrative for you and your children. It’s about being healthy in your mind and your body and feeling okay about things, about day-to-day things… It’s well, everything!” It’s not always apparent to people, including people who work with adults and children what symptoms of depression or anxiety are, or indeed what proactive steps we can take to enhance our wellbeing. I think what I had really wanted to say is to use the school motto: “Strength for today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow”. That sums it up pretty well.

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If you're a parent with kids under 5 and you're interested in maintaining positive mental wellbeing, this is for you. Motherdom’s first issue is packed full of real life stories about maternal mental health, expert pieces from perinatal healthcare and wellbeing practitioners, and practical stuff too - mindfulness for you and your kids, yummy recipes and physical exercises you can do at home! Motherdom has been created by former BBC journalist and mum-of-two Anna Ceesay, who also went through her own maternal mental health issues. Issue 1's theme is "You're not alone".