I returned from holiday a couple of weeks ago to a lovely email from an ex-mum of mine, Amanda, who lives over in Teddington. She suffered badly with PND in the early weeks after the birth of her first baby and I was contacted by her concerned husband to offer her some support. She sought help for Post Natal Depression and, after a comparatively short while, was firing on all 4 cylinders. She told me that it was “like someone pulling back the curtains and letting the sun shine in”.
Since then, Amanda has enrolled to do a full course to become a PND counsellor and has become a volunteer with a super set up called For Sanity’s Sake – through whom Amanda started to venture out into the real world, when her little boy was very young. A wonderful example of Paying It Forward! This fantastic website is for mums in the Richmond Borough and offers visitors to the site details of events, groups and information for mums and their Littles. Of course, if you live within striking distance of Richmond/Teddington, this site would also give you some great opportunities to get out and about with your Tiny Smalls.
Now, Amanda, along with the group’s co-founder Rachel, is starting a weekly group for mums who are struggling with PND/anxiety or just the day-to-day chaos of having a baby.
I am deeply flattered and feel very honoured that they have asked me to be their launch speaker on Monday 14th October and am delighted to have been able to say a resounding yes to the invitation. This particular meet-up will be held at Bill’s Cafe, opposite the Richmond Odeon (near Richmond Bridge). My topic will be – you guessed it – the importance of establishing good sleep habits!
The regular coffee & cake Monday meet ups will run on a weekly basis at with a different topic/speaker at each even, followed by a free chat session and/or support chat from Amanda.
For further details about FSS, my talk and the venues for the weekly meet-ups, please visit their website: