Megan Cherry – Community Ambassador
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.
Fully aware of my postnatal anxiety, I fought the very familiar signs of anxiety when my son was born by turning to running and fitness, which has helped my anxiety and general health immensely.
I am honoured to be invited to share my story at The Big Pram Walk and show that there is hope for people challenged by perinatal anxiety and depression.
Hear Megan’s story on the Main Stage at 8:28am before the walk commences.