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Fundraising for Mind - The Mental Health Charity

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Mind - The Mental Health Charity

We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.

Charity Registration No. 219830

Story





In November 2016 I gave birth to my second child, from very early on I struggled with the transition between having one child to two. I thought the feelings I had were normal so just got on with it. I felt as though every other mam around me was doing a great job and it came naturally to them however I was the worst mother in the world because I felt as though I couldn’t cope with my own children. I was constantly breaking down; the
feelings were relentless and did not get any easier. I googled post-natal depression a few times but did not want to admit it. I just carried on and didn’t tell anyone. Things got worse and although I knew I was lucky and had everything I could ask for, two beautiful children, a loving husband, great family and friends, a nice home and a good job I did not want to be here, it was a battle to get up and face the day.

In January 2018 I returned to work after maternity leave however the added stress was the strawthat broke the camel’s back. I became so much worse, at my lowest; I suffered
significant memory loss and could barely speak without breaking down. I am a very organized person however I could not even write a simple shopping list. Mylevels of concentration were very poor and my confidence was rock bottom. One day I put my baby in the car to go somewhere and ended up somewhere completely different with no recollection how had got there. I knew at that point that I needed to seek help; I couldn’t hide it any more.

That’s when I went to the doctors and was diagnosed with post-natal depression and anxiety. I was prescribed medication and advised to undertake counselling. Due to support I received from friends and family, mostly my sister as well as some support from work I was able to start the road to recovery. I found that talking about my feelings, being very open about my mental health and not trying to hide it was a vital. I completed my counselling and gradually built my confidence back up.

Last month I successfully completed my Initial Crime investigators’ Development Programme at work and became a fully qualified detective. If someone had told me that Iwould be sitting here qualified last year I would not have believed it. (as I struggled to pick up the ingredients I needed to make a simple spaghetti bolognaise) I hope that my story raises awareness and shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and there is help available. I am very passionate about people being
able to talk openly about mental health issues without being worried about the stigma attached.

To raise awareness I have decided to take part in a charity skydive for MIND.

Thanks for reading xxx




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