By Rosey Wren

I’m a mum of three children, I’ve experienced Antenatal and Postnatal Depression with all three to varying degrees. My eldest child is almost 7; I had her when I was 19. This was by far my worst experience of Postnatal Depression, it was a terrifying time and I struggled to see any light at the end a the tunnel. It was a year ago today I wrote a poem entitled ‘PND and Me’ talking about my experience with Antenatal & Postnatal Depression.

As a result of the poem I set up a twitter page @PNDandMe, and from this I began #PNDHour, a weekly online support chat for those affected by PND which takes place on a Wednesday evening between 8-9pm.  Each week we discuss something different surrounding Perinatal Mental Health, from seeking help to overcoming stigma.

It is a supportive network with mums of all ages from all backgrounds joining us each week, there’s no judgement just understanding. Joining in with #PNDHour can help you feel less alone by connecting you with others who have or are still suffering with Postnatal Depression.

Having been a teen mum I’d really love to see more young mums joining the chats each week, you don’t have to suffer in silence, the #PNDFamily is here to support you.

Together We Are Stronger

Rosey xx

You can read more about Rosey’s story in her post “Being a young mum with Postnatal depression” 


BqaSYCFIEAAfA6L             Read the poem ‘PND and Me’ below


PND and Me

I had this little thing
An illness you can’t see
I want to tell you a story
About PND and Me.

When my precious baby was
The size of a grain of rice
I thought this would be lovely
How a family would be nice

Then suddenly a fog appeared
It would sometimes come at night
I thought I could get rid of it
I was putting up a fight

People said I should be happy
But what they couldn’t see
Was happiness and laughter
Had gone and left me.

I didn’t feel any love
When my little baby came
PND was getting me
Life just wasn’t the same

All I ever wanted
Was to be a good mum
So why was it so hard
I just felt numb

It took away everything
But only for a while
I wouldn’t let it keep
My sparkle and my smile.

It took a long time
To finally be free
Of this hidden illness
To get back to being me

I got my life back
And so will you
Ask your friends and family
To help you see it through

So carry on, keep going!
Just you wait and see
I promise that one day
PND will set YOU free

Rose Wren 17/12/13




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