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Action on Postpartum Psychosis – supporting women in Lancashire and Cumbria

27th February 2019

APP_team_award_shortlisting.jpgCongratulations to APP (Action on Postpartum Psychosis) whose Ribblemere team at Lancashire Care has been nominated for a co-production award linked to their role in the development of Lancashire and Cumbria’s specialist perinatal mental health community service.

APP is a national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis. Their Ribblemere team has been recognised for their involvement in stakeholder events to develop the service and also came along to the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) open day last October with volunteers from across the north-west.

The team says that having the voices of women who have experienced postpartum psychosis inform the service design and delivery has been very rewarding for both APP staff and volunteers who have been involved.

“Whilst many of us have been treated in an MBU, we all agreed that the layout and feel of Ribblemere was very special and benefitted enormously by having had lived experience in co-designing the service.”

APP also has a Peer Support Facilitator, Linda, who joined the team on the day the MBU opened. Linda supports women and families in Ribblemere, through APP’s innovative partnership with Lancashire Care. Linda herself has lived experience of postpartum psychosis following the birth of her daughter in 2012. Find out more about Linda’s story and how she supports other women on the APP website.

APP are looking for more volunteers

Please do tell women and families you come into contact with about APP, including anyone in the North West Coast who would be interested in volunteering with them.

Volunteering opportunities include getting involved in the peer support project in Lancashire and Cumbria or using their lived experience to volunteer as a Regional Rep. This would involve:

  • Taking part in service design
  • Raising the profile of postpartum psychosis and APP as a charity
  • Promoting the information and peer support APP provides – trying to make things better for women and families who may go through the illness in the future.

Follow APP on social media

You can keep up to date with APP’s work, nationally and in the North West Coast, by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

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