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Amy's story

February 24th 2016

Amy, 28, developed signs of post-natal depression a few months after the birth of her second daughter. At first she attributed it to tiredness, but soon realised she no longer enjoyed motherhood. She felt like a failure: she had two healthy, beautiful children and a supportive husband and yet wasn’t remotely happy.

“I had everything I wanted and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t happy about it. I felt I should have been better for them, that it wasn’t fair for them that I was like this.”

After seeing her GP and being diagnosed with post-natal depression, Amy was initially prescribed medication but felt she needed more support than drugs alone could offer and contacted Bluebell Care Trust.

“I needed a change in my lifestyle that medication couldn’t give and Bluebell was the support that I needed.”

The project has helped Amy come to terms with her diagnosis, meet other parents in a similar position and regain her love of being a mother.

“I definitely see the future is going to be a lot easier for me and I can handle things a lot better than I could before.”

Cash raised through Sport Relief is helping to fund maternal mental health projects, such as 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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