Post Natal Depression affects many women.
Hayley will be sharing her story of Post Natal Depression at the WA Association of Mental Health Workshop on Peri-Natal Mental Health.
Having post natal depression is such a difficult valley to walk through. I compare it to where David writes, “Yey though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” It is such a black, cavenous space that you occupy. There are moments of dissassociation. Moments of extreme frustration. Feelings of hopelessness, with no end of the tunnel in sight. Irrational thoughts bombard you and suicidal thinking takes up residence. It is hard to move, to do any of the things you normally would do with joy. I am so glad to have an opporutnity to share my experience with others and to hopefully, make a difference to their lives,” says Hayley.
Hayley walked through the very dark valley that is Post Natal Depression in 2002, following the birth of her fourth child. Her diagnosis was made when she attended a perinatal appointment at King Edward Memorial Hospital. The rest you will have to come to the workshop to hear…
Other Media Coverage
Hayley’s story has been featured in several magazines including:
- Pearls Women’s Magazine
- Finally at 40 Life Begins Magazine
- Golden Pen Magazine – Read the article by clicking on this link.
About the Workshop
This insightful workshop explores the factors which influence mental wellbeing in the perinatal period and what helps new families. A key focus of the training is the interdependence of parent wellbeing and infant mental health. This includes how the attachment relationship can be protected when a parent is unwell.
The emotional and psychological well-being of parents, from conception through to 12 months after a baby is born (the perinatal period), is at once very vulnerable and profoundly important for the long-term well-being of both parents and child.
Common parent issues before or after a birth may include “Baby Blues”, depression, anxiety and psychosis along with infant issues such as attachment, emotional regulation, sleep and feeding patterns.
If you would like to find out more about the workshop, please visit WAAMH