I am a mum of a 5-year old daughter and an almost 2-year old son. Although I have often experienced anxiety, it wasn’t until after the birth of my daughter I experienced debilitating postnatal anxiety, which was heightened when one of my best friends took her own life shortly after I became a mother.
Despite having a psychology background and knowing full well I was in the depths of postnatal anxiety. I had completely isolated myself so no one could see the strain I was under and became very good at disguising this to appear like I was coping when I was around people.
The pain I felt for losing my friend combined with the debilitating feelings of anxiety saw me seek help through a counsellor and join a support group where I was surrounded by strong mothers in a peer supported space where we were free to be honest and open about our mental health and parenting struggles.