Time for MeJournalling with young mums
A 7 week journalling course for women experiencing non-psychotic perinatal mental anxiety and depression at Westleigh Sure Start Centre, supported by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and a member of Pandas Post Natal Support Group. Designed and facilitated by Healthy Arts using the specially written book, ‘The Lonely Hedgehog’.
Julie McKiernan (writer/facilitator)
Participant A was a young mother of two small children experiencing non-psychotic perinatal mental anxiety and depression. At the first session she was very tearful and struggled to make eye contact or speak. She grew in confidence throughout the sessions and clearly looked forward to attending and having some quality time to herself away from her children. She openly discussed her anxieties and interacted with all of the other participants, joining in discussions, sharing experiences and parenting tips and laughing a lot. She started to wear smarter, brighter clothing, dress her hair differently and wear make-up.
Made me realise there are more positive things to focus on than I thought.
Really nice to try and open up but will get there. Thank you.
Has been excellent. Will miss coming and Julie is amazing.