What We Believe
We believe that maternal mental health matters.
We believe that by nourishing our mind and making mental wellbeing a priority, we can not only access our best selves for our families and communities, but we can also protect ourselves from some of the turbulence motherhood throws at us, and navigate a smoother course.
We believe no mother should feel alone on her motherhood journey and that with the right tools & support at her fingertips, all mothers can find greater joy in their path.
Why We Do What We Do
We all have mental health and we all have the capacity to suffer from mental health problems. However, we often don’t appreciate the value of our mental health before it is challenged.
Change is hard for all of us, whatever it is. The birth of a new mother is one of the most significant physical and psychological changes a woman will ever experience. Mothers are therefore at their most vulnerable and have the highest risk of mental health challenges.
Official figures suggest Postnatal depression (PND) affects 10 to 15 percent of mothers. But maternal mental health problems are an underdiagnosed and undertreated public health issue and a number of studies suggest figures much higher than this. Many more mothers are therefore struggling with the transition to motherhood.
And yet, there is still limited emphasis on preparing woman for this psychological transition and on supporting mothers through this identity shift and all the emotions that come with it.
Vulnerability to mental health problems is not limited to new mothers. One longitudinal study showed that although the risk was highest in the first year after birth, by the time the child had reached 12 years old, 39% of mothers and 21% of fathers had experienced an episode of depression.
In our society there is a relentless pressure for women to be exceptional at everything – the successful career, whilst still being the perfect mum, wife, home maker and friend. When we don’t manage to live up to all of this, we can beat ourselves up and feel like failures at motherhood. Our brains have a natural tendency to focus on the negative so our inner critique goes wild, eating away at our happiness.
Mental wellbeing protects the mind and body from the impact of life’s stresses and traumatic events and enables adoption of healthy lifestyles. Mental wellbeing is associated with better interpersonal relationships and socially healthier societies. It helps people achieve their potential, realise their ambitions, cope with adversity, work productively and contribute to their community and society.