Trigger warning: this piece contains mentions of suicide. Please remember that this is Helen’s story, and everyone’s experience is different. Take care of yourself when reading this and if you are struggling, please refer to our Urgent Warning.
If you love your job, the idea of stepping away and handing over to someone else can be anxiety-inducing. But if that’s not you, and you long to leave your job behind, why should you stay in touch whilst you’re on maternity leave?
PHASE Worldwide was set up around a kitchen table in 2005 by a group of friends with a love for Nepal. Together, they wanted to start a charity which focused on supporting projects in health, education, and livelihoods. Since then, this Bristol based charity has raised millions of pounds, and each year changes the lives of over 50,000 people in Nepal.
Natalie Hanley is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner who started Tidy Mind Doodles because, ironically, she found that she wasn’t looking after her own mental health: ‘I was telling patients one thing, but not really following through on my own advice.’
Second time round you're supposed to be more prepared. You're supposed to feel a sense of ‘I know what's coming and I can handle it’, and to some extent, it’s true. But, for me, it was almost like ripping a plaster off a wound that I didn't even know was there.
Dr Jo Gee is a clinical psychotherapist with a specialist interest in perinatal mental health. She told our Founding Editor Anna Ceesay about her view of maternal mental health.