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Friends of Brecon & District Mind – Mums Matter

When:
February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
2019-02-20T19:00:00+00:00
2019-02-20T19:15:00+00:00

Deborah Wilkie talks about a Mind project supporting mums in managing their everyday lives and in nurturing themselves. It will dispel some myths about motherhood.

Wednesday 20 February 2019, The Muse, Glamorgan Street, Brecon, 7pm, £5 (Friends / Members £2)

The Friends of Brecon and District Mind have invited Deborah Wilkie from Brecon and District Mind to talk about Mums Matter, a programme, also being run by Mid-Wales Mind, that supports mums in managing their everyday lives as well as in nurturing themselves. It will dispel some of the myths about motherhood.

‘There was no additional support to help mums apart from their GP or health visitor to help them go through such a huge life-changing experience,’ Deborah explains. ‘They felt alone and that they were the only ones suffering and could not fully be honest in how they were struggling with their feelings of anxiety and worries and feeling very low and isolated’. Many women can struggle to hold on to their identity once becoming a mother.

This is the first time this type of support and programme has been rolled out in Wales,’ says Deborah, ‘and we are delighted that Powys has this great opportunity and is leading the way in Wales.’ The project has been designed by mums with postnatal anxiety and depression who live in deprived and rural areas. ‘Motherhood can be lonely in these small villages and towns… They may be the only young family in the area and accessing baby/toddler groups will mean travelling to another area.’

Social media, magazines and TV can portray a life that is perfect whilst pregnant and after giving birth and concentrates on images of the ideal ‘perfect’ mum… This programme gives evidence and demonstrates that that’s not the reality and we discuss what motherhood is really like for them.’ There are many myths about motherhood and these can lead to self-stigmatising behaviour and negative perceptions of one’s self-worth.’ Mums Matter aims to show these women that they are not alone with these feelings and provide them with the tools they need to overcome these pressures. The programme also offers a confidential supporter session for partners and significant others.

The Friends support the work of Brecon and District Mind and raise awareness of mental health issues in and around Brecon, Crickhowell, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. It is open to everone and holds talks, walks, social activities and fund-raising events.

Brecon and District Mind, Tŷ Croeso, St David’s House, 48 Free Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7BP / 01874 611529 / info@breconmind.org.uk / www.breconmind.org.uk

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