EastEnders star Lacey Turner has picked up the Best Actress and Best Dramatic Performance awards at this year’s British Soap Awards for her critically acclaimed work portraying Stacey’s postpartum psychosis.
During her speech, Turner mentioned post-partum psychosis and acknowledged the support of mental health charities Mind and Bipolar UK as well as campaigners with lived experience Kathryn Grant and Eve Canavan.
EastEnders also won the Best Storyline award for Stacey’s Postpartum Psychosis storyline.
Our thanks go to Clare Dolman, our Vice Chair, for all her hard work supporting EastEnders with the storyline. You can read Clare’s EastEnders blogs here and here.
Today (4th May) marks the first World Maternal Mental Health Day. Organisations from around the world — including the UK, US, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Argentina, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, and more — are leading efforts to raise awareness about maternal mental health through a collective social media push and in-country events. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance are joining these collective efforts and our members have been writing blogs, baking World MMH Day cakes, holding events, recording podcasts and raising awareness that #maternalMHmatters.
If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do for World MMH Day, here are a selection of activities from some of our members:
The Breastfeeding Network will be promoting the maternal mental health page of the BfN website, preparing fact sheets on maternal mental health and signposting to other organisations. They’ll be part of the twitter conversations and inviting people via Facebook to share their stories related to breastfeeding and mental health.
Staff, volunteers and Trustees at Acacia Family Support are on board with World MMH Day. On 4th May they will be making the most of their community-based befriending service where mums and trained volunteers will be in attendance. Acacia will be baking a huge iced cake with World MMH Day written on it to celebrate that #maternalMHMatters. They have invited mums from the group and the local media to participate in a photo opportunity
Organisations from around the world — including the UK, US, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Argentina, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, and more — are leading efforts to raise awareness about maternal mental health through a collective social media push and in-country events.
Congratulations to Rachael Jones, CEO of PANDAS, one of our member organisations, who has won the Good Morning Britain Community Health Star Award.
Rachael Jones suffered with post-natal depression after giving birth to her son. She has gone on to help thousands of women cope with pre and post-natal depression, as well as their partners and families.
See the moment when Rachael hears she has won the award:
Clare Dolman, Vice Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, has written a blog explaining how the EastEnders storyline has had a huge impact on awareness and understanding of postpartum psychosis.
The London Assembly Health Committee has written to the Mayor of London with a number of concerns surrounding maternal mental health, as the mental health needs of a significant proportion of London’s women are not being met.