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Most people today have heard the term ‘baby blues’ used to describe a mild, short, period of depression which many women experience after childbirth.
Fewer people are aware that as many as 10% of all recently delivered women develop postnatal depression. You are not alone in suffering.
Who Are We?
The Association for Post-Natal Illness is the leading organisation in its field. It is a Registered Charity (No. 280510) and it was established in 1979 to:
– Provide support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness
– Increase public awareness of the illness
– Encourage research into its cause/nature
The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood
The Duchess of Cambridge has today launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early
Childhood. The Duchess is committed to elevating the importance of early childhood and continuing the conversation on this vital issue and this launch is a landmark step in her work and signals her lifelong commitment to improving outcomes across society.
The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood is linking through to the APNI website on its Help and Resources page to provide people with further help and support. Thank you for the fantastic support you are providing!
To coincide with the launch, the Centre has published its inaugural report, Big Change Starts Small, which brings together leading sector research in one place and underlines the critical lifelong impact of the early years on individuals, our economy and society at large.
The Royal Foundation
Professor Brice Pitt
We are very sad to report that our dear President, Professor Brice Pitt died on 16th January from Covid 19. Brice was Chairman of APNI for nearly 20 years before he resigned and we invited him to become President.
Brice had a glittering successful career in geriatric psychiatry, he was also a key member of the Marce Society and always interested in maternal mental health.
Brice also enjoyed acting and directing plays and he was a keen and published author.
Mrs Yvonne Pye
We are very sorry to report the death of Mr Yvonne Pye on 23rd January 2021. Mrs Pye was President of The Pye Charitable Settlement. She was for many years a stalwart supporter of the work of APNI.
She will be greatly missed.
The Pye Charitable Settlement
The Association for Post-natal Illness gratefully acknowledges the very generous financial support of Mr and Mrs J. A. Pye’s Charitable Settlement since 1985. This support has enabled our organisation to continue through difficult financial times where otherwise we would have had to close. The funding given to APNI has enabled us to offer our services to thousands more sufferers.
The Association was founded in 1979 and we know that we would not have reached our 40th Anniversary without the generous support given to our work by the Pye Charitable Settlement.
We remember with gratitude and affection the late Mrs Mary Pye, and her son Mr Graham Pye, both of whom took a particular interest in our work.
The Treebeard Trust
Since 2013 the Association for Post-natal Illness has been the beneficiary of a sizeable annual grant from the Trustees of the Treebeard Trust. This generous funding has allowed us to continue our work when our monthly income could not support it.
The Association is deeply grateful to the Treebeard Trustees for their generous donations.
Barnes Charity Ball
We are very grateful to the Friends of St. Mary’s Barnes for choosing APNI once again as one of the beneficiaries of their annual charity event. In February 2020, they held their 80s-inspired Barnes Charity Ball to raise funds in aid of several charitable organisations. APNI received £5000 from this event and we are sincerely thankful to the organisers and to those who attended and supported this fun evening.
PELF Conference 2020
APNI are very grateful to the organisers of the Private Equity Lawyers Forum Conference, particularly Ms Rachel Fenwick, for choosing APNI as the beneficiary of their fundraising for the day which has now raised over £3208.
Our very own Chairman, Mr Wilson Clarke was invited to give a talk at the start of the conference held in London on the 31st of January 2020. This event’s JustGiving page states:
This year, the Organising Committee for the PELF Conference 2020 have determined that the official charity of the Conference will be the Association for Post-Natal Illness. Post-natal illness is a remarkably common illness, but the results can be devastating. Sadly, NHS care in this area is not always available to the extent required and many women (and men) are dependent on charities as a result. APNI provides a wonderful service to many sufferers, offering support and advice over the phone, by email and by post.
Sometimes, just having someone to talk to can make a world of difference. As a charity that is dependent solely on donations, the only way APNI can continue to do this is with the support of the public. For that reason, the Organising Committee would ask that each Conference attendee considers making a donation to the APNI.”
Morrison’s Quiet Hour
The Association provides a telephone helpline, information leaflets for sufferers and healthcare professionals as well as a network of volunteers (telephone and postal), who have themselves experienced postnatal illness. For a printed information pack send a s.a.e. to:- 145 Dawes Road, Fulham, London, UK, SW6 7EB or click on Leaflets on PNI for more information about post natal illness.
The work of the Association is essential as post-natal illness affects between 70,000 and 100,000 women and their babies in the UK every year. It is rightly called ‘the silent epidemic’.
Hi all, can any of our working mums or dads out there (or anyone you know) help raise much needed funds for APNI?
The Association has produced a number of leaflets relating to PNI, both for mothers and the medical profession. Below are the two leaflets that we send to mothers or individuals who need information on the subject:-
Click here for The Baby Blues and PND (This leaflet is available in the following languages on request:- Bengali, Gujarti, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi).
The Association also has a ‘GUIDE TO PROGESTERONE FOR POSTNATAL DEPRESSION’ booklet. This is available on request.
We urgently need to recruit women who have suffered post-natal depression and who are now better, to support mothers who are currently ill by phone or by e-mail. Please click here to request information about becoming a volunteer.
Emma Cadywould and Family
Lucie Holland has raised over £5,000 on her Just Giving page set up in 2012 in memory of her sister Emma Cadywould. Emma’s family, in particular her sister Lucie, and her parents Mr and Mrs Holland have been very generous contributors to the work of the Association and our profound thanks go to the whole family for their donations and fundraising efforts. Emma’s friends have also been busy raising money in her memory.