If you have experienced post-natal depression, are now well, and you would like to help someone who is currently suffering from the illness, then please contact us.
Our volunteers work usually by phoning, texting or emailing a depressed mum at regular intervals. This allows her to express many of the negative feelings that we experience when we are ill. Volunteers give sufferers very real hope that they will one day recover from the illness. They can also be of assistance to depressed mums with practical advice about matters relating to looking after the baby while you are unwell.
Please only apply if you have the time for regular calls, and/or emails. This may be 2-3 times per week when necessary.
All volunteers are backed up by our trained staff and our medical experts who can offer advice on a wide range of problems. If you feel that you would like to help us in this way please complete one of the forms (divided into male and female volunteer forms) below as accurately as possible or e-mail us or write to our office for further details.
We are always looking for help publicising our work. This involves getting permission to place one of our small A5 posters up in a local maternity clinic or baby health clinic and in other locations. You may also be able to find out if there are any post-natal support groups in your area and let us know the details so that we can enlarge our list of these resources for affected mums.
Some Advocates are willing to take samples of our Baby Blues leaflet into local hospitals that have a Midwifery service or show them to Health Visitors in their area. This is important work as we often hear from women who have had a very bad experience of post-natal illness but have never heard of APNI.
These good people agree to give the organisation £5 per year and we send out reminders during the autumn. This scheme brings us in very badly needed funds and many of our supporters give us more than £5 for which we are extremely grateful. In return you get a copy of our autumn newsletter and support the charity in a most effective manner in its work trying to assist depressed mothers.
Covenants or Direct Debits
Some people wish to donate an amount of money every month. This is of great benefit to the organisation and even three or four pounds a month is of great help to us. The easiest way to do this is to set up a direct debit and this can be done by following the link to our direct debit form (click here) or by requesting a direct debit sheet from our office. In either case we are extremely grateful for this type of support, we encourage regular donors to complete Gift Aid slips so that the charity can recover income tax which increases the value of the donation.
The organisation is always very grateful to receive donations of any size. These can be in the form of cheques, bankers orders or postal orders which are sent to our office or they can be made online using credit or debit cards. Donors who wish to donate online are requested to use our Just Giving page. Cheques are made payable to: The Association for Post-Natal Illness and posted to The Association for Post-Natal Illness, 1 st Floor Offices, Fulham Park House, 1A Chesilton Road, Fulham, London SW6 5AA
APNI is always very grateful to receive any donation however large or small and your money contributes directly to helping those suffering from post-natal depression. Whatever kind of event or activity you organise (big or small), please do contact us and we can point you in the right direction to help us directly. Our fund raisers range from sponsored walks to runs, to marathons, climbing mountains to even heading to the Arctic pole! Whatever you feel you can do will really make a difference, please check out our fundraisers page to see the great variety of people who support APNI.