Four days of fab training with a great group. It is so heart-warming to meet with groups of enthusiastic health practitioners who want to learn and increase their knowledge of perinatal mental health. We were in Howey and the weather was wet and cold, but inside the village hall it was cosy.
Both groups interacted well and we all learned a lot about recognition, detection, communication and management.
There were 2 poems about maternal depression – one I have yet to write up, but the other was: –
HOW DOES SHE FEEL?
Before I took pride
Now I hide
Before I wore designer
Now I don’t care what I wear
Before I lit up the room
Now I’m in the shade everyday
Before I could cope but now I have no hope
Before it was just me
Nobody relied on me
Before I was fit
Now this baby’s always on my tits
I believe that instead of writing lists of symptoms, using artistic flare always brings out the best in people.
One group sat silently as the Three Wise Monkeys – how powerful is that???
We had role play where the group enthused re-enacting the Jeremy Kyle Show to demonstrate chaotic lives!