Within 10 days of giving birth, first-time mother Amy, 34, started to feel dizzy and as though her thoughts were beginning to spin out of control. As the anxiety took hold, Amy became terrified of everything – even being left alone in the house with her son, Axel. She began to have intrusive thoughts which sometimes turned suicidal.
“My mind was acting against me, I was hearing voices. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that Axel needed me.”
Amy was eventually prescribed medication and her midwife referred her to Bluebell Care Trust. Meeting other mothers at Bluebell was a lifeline for Amy. She didn’t have to pretend in their presence and she was also assigned a peer mentor who was always on hand for support.
“It was such a big thing to have someone at Bluebell that knew what I was talking about, who understood."
She is now on the road to full recovery and in a much stronger place. Axel turns two in March and is a healthy, happy young boy.
Cash raised through Sport Relief is helping to fund maternal mental health projects, such as the Bluebell Care Trust. Based in Bristol, the charity supports mums, dads and their families dealing with depression related to pregnancy and birth. It offers support groups and one-to-one mentoring, and will also soon establish a drop-in centre in the city centre.
If you have been affected by maternal mental health issues and would like more information on support and services please visit the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.
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