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Ollie's Leicester Half Marathon Challenge

I am running 13 miles (eek!) through Leicester for APP because the support they give is amazing! Giving it back!

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  • Event: Leicester Half Marathon, 25 Oct 2015

APP

We provide information and peer support to help women and families affected by PP

Charity Registration No. 1139925

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This year I will be running the Leicester Half Marathon with my heart fully on my sleeve. A complete turnaround for someone who hated running six months ago and couldn't run a mile. A 10k assault course for charity in April whetted my appetite and the next step beckoned.

I feel I really have to push myself this year, I'm not getting any younger (over 30 now!), I want the physical challenge but the ultimate goal is to represent my truly heroic wife and the support APP (Action Postpartum Psychosis) have provided to both of us. Giving something back is of paramount importance to me.

Postpartum Psychosis (PP) is a severe, but treatable, form of mental illness that occurs after having a baby. It can happen ‘out of the blue’ to women without previous experience of mental illness. PP normally begins in the first few days to weeks after childbirth. It can get worse very quickly and should always be treated as a medical emergency. Most women need to be treated with medication and admitted to hospital.

My wife encountered Postpartum Psychosis in summer 2013 after the birth of our daughter and then suffered a particularly nasty relapse in summer 2014. I encountered the comforting arms of APP during and after the relapse. They were there when I needed them and when my wife was well enough, when she needed them. The chance to speak to volunteers and other families going through the same experiences was and still is invaluable as we try to make sense of it all; To learn that you are not alone, despite the apparent destruction of your 'world'.


APP has been incredibly supportive of me as a husband, the carer in the bad times. A mentor, a chat on the forum and a chance to shape future care with discussions and taking part in research with Cardiff Uni.

If I could grade APP's support, A*, every time.


PLEASE HELP ME RAISE AWARENESS, SHARE AND HELP FUND THE INVALUABLE SUPPORT THAT SO MANY NEW MUMS NEED.

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