Today marks the start of Maternal Mental Health Week, a campaign aiming to raise awareness plus enable families affected by perinatal mental illness to access the information and help they require for recovery. 1 in 3 women suffer from Post Natal Depression and many suffer in silence due to stigma.
The awareness campaign is running all week but World Maternal Health Day takes place on 2nd May.
After the birth of my first child I really struggled and with no family support around me (I was living abroad at the time), and it took me a while to feel like "me" again (you can read my full story here). I know so many other parents who have struggled too...but maternal mental health matters! And this is why I'm a big supporter of raising awareness of Maternal Mental Health as I know it's so important to have a network of support around you.
Halia Rose is taking part in the #ShoutieSelfie campaign being championed by Emily from MummyLinksApp. We interviewed her earlier this year, so you can read her story about Maternal Health and Post Natal Depression here. #ShoutieSelfie is all about showing mums that are struggling that you understand and support them. That they are not alone, and that it’s ok to feel the way they are. If you'd like to find out more about the #ShoutieSelfie campaign, Emily has written a blog to explain.
It's really easy to take part in the #ShoutieSelfie campaign and it's a great way of showing those around you (whether they are struggling or not), that you support them without judgment:
- Take a selfie of you shouting
- Post it using #ShoutieSelfie on your social media platforms ideally tagging 5 friends who also understand
You can check out more about our #ShoutieSelfie moment here
Did you know colour can make a big difference to how we feel? By adding even a small pop of colour really helped boost my mood when I was feeling low - this is part of the reason why I set up Halia Rose, as pretty (yet practical) jewellery can help mums feel great. Find your colour and style here