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Amelie's story

February 24th 2016

Her one-month-old son Zenon being diagnosed with meningitis triggered Amelie’s severe postnatal depression.

“He was fine, but it was the catalyst for me to become anxious, within a week I went from nought to sixty with my fear… I felt like my children were going to die.”

Amelie, 35, believes her mental ill health stemmed from the traumatic birth of her first child Darcy. It took a month for the mother and her baby to be well enough to leave hospital. Amelie was intensely relieved, tried to forget the fear and terror and instead concentrate on being a new mother.

But when Zenon fell ill, all the shock that Amelie had tried to forget came crashing back into her life.

“I felt like my children were going to die. I became incredibly depressed, I couldn’t eat and I had no interest in life whatsoever. It led to me saying ‘I can’t do this, I can’t look after him’. I was begging for him to be taken away.”

Luckily, Amelie was quickly diagnosed and given treatment she needed.

“I saw the doctor, and the services they referred me to saved my life. They had seen it before and knew exactly how to deal with it.”

Amelie is now less anxious, has bonded with Zenon and is able to let both of her children play without the constant fear that something awful will happen.

Amelie is speaking out about her experiences in support of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign. It uses cash raised through Sport Relief to raise awareness and encourage conversation around maternal mental health. 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.

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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