Thank you, thank you, thank you Adele for taking so openly about your experiences of Postnatal Depression following the birth of your little boy. As a fellow mum and survivor of two visits from the bastardo that is PND and Postnatal Psychosis I applaud you for using your voice to bring the subject of Maternal Mental Health to the world stage in such a straight talking and honest manner.
As a mum who went into Motherhood (wrongly) assuming that PND only happened to mothers who had a history of mental health problems, that it was something that happened to women who were not “strong’ enough, that it meant they hated their children, I know firsthand how dangerous these misconceptions can be.
It is so important that the subject of PND and Postnatal Psychosis is spoken about correctly, that as women we are educated on the illness and most importantly that the illness and the women suffering with it are not demonised or trivialised.
Having a fellow mum, who also happens to be insanely well known across the globe speak up and out about her own experiences is not only enlightening and educational for all people who have no awareness of the illness and its potentially devastating effects on the sufferer and their family but is also empowering to mums like myself who battled against the illness for the most time shrouded in shame and guilt.
Hearing mums like Adele speak so honestly about the illness in turn makes me as a fellow sufferer feel empowered to talk about mine. It helps lift the should of mystery and stigma surrounding the illness and it is a step towards not feeling too scared to talk about the subject in anything other than hushed tones. Most importantly there will be mums who have read the headlines today and felt less alone, less like a failure and less like a mum – for this I am the rest of the mums out there salute you Adele!
Here is my thank you in honour of Adele and all other mums speaking out about Postnatal Depression. You can watch the video here
Mums, have you seen the news today?