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How song writing helped to save me from PND

I’m a mother of two, a multi-award-winning musician and a survivor of postnatal depression (PND). I struggled with my own mental health after the birth of both my children, but felt so afraid and ashamed that I didn’t want to ask for help.

How I cope with Maternal OCD

Trigger warning: this piece gives details of Manou’s experience of maternal OCD. Please take care when reading it. If you need support, please refer to our Urgent Warning.

Dear depression

Dear Depression, As I go into battle with you once more, I think I need to warn you of a few things, so that we’re on the same page. First of all, I don’t have time. You see, when you come along, there’s usually something else I’d rather be doing.

An imposter in my own life

I used to hate the hairdresser’s chair (and I have visited many in the quest for hair nirvana). This emotion was not follicle related. It was to do with one simple question: “So, what do you do?”

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