Elaine readily admits that she felt ‘she wasn’t the type’ to suffer from postnatal depression! Experience has taught her that the illness can and does affect anyone – although there are some risk factors, generally it is an indiscriminate illness that can devastate the lives of the mother, baby, partner and many others. Elaine feels that if she had been given more information and accepted support that was offered then perhaps she would not have spiralled into the traumatic extreme of puerperal psychosis that resulted. Now sharing the joy of her niece (pictured), Elaine continues to appreciate the pleasures a new baby can bring.
This is why she is passionate about:
Raising the awareness of the illness
Reducing the stigma attached to mental illness
Minimising the effects of postnatal depression
Educating parents, health professionals, employers and the wider community.