Omagh Community House,
2 Drumragh Avenue
Two sisters from Co Tyrone North of Ireland have set up a charity called Support 2gether.
The charity was set up because Una had PND. Una is the Co Director along with Brenda her sister. As Brenda looked to support her sister she realised that the support and awareness in her community was very little and from the lack of services grew Support 2gether.
The support for mothers and families is much needed in N. Ireland. There is such a taboo with Mental Health in our Society and women who experience Post-Natal Depression have a feeling of inadequacy, a feeling of 'being a bad mother'. They feel a failure towards their child, family, partner and most of all to themselves.
The most scary part is they feel ALONE!
If they knew that they were not ALONE, and that it can happen to ANYONE from any walk of life then maybe this will enable them to start believing in themselves and to start growing stronger.
What we want to do is offer regular support sessions in a safe environment where judgement is not welcomed, where their voice will be heard.
Support 2gethers aim is to educate and normalise the illness which will help to aid a quicker recovery.
PND is a treatable illness but it needs treatment and due to the lack of awareness and the stigma surrounding the illness mothers do not know to reach out for support.
Support 2gether holds the mother whilst she holds her baby. Our team have lived experience of Antenatal/postnatal depression and anxiety and can support mothers/fathers through their journey of recovery to discovery, 2gether we can support.
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Type of OrganisationVCSE
NI Charity NumberNI103366
- Jill McCormack