Meet the Mums behind the Letters
In our “Meet the Mums Behind the Letters” series we introduce the incredible women who have put pen to paper to help support a fellow mum. We share their Maternal Mental Health story and what being involved in The Letters of Light Project has meant to them. In this article, we hear from Naomi in her own words as she bravely shares her own story and personal reasons for joining the project.
Towards the end of my pregnancy I stopped sleeping and experienced high levels of anxiety. I felt overwhelmed and hopeless and began to question how I was ever going to cope being a mum. I also experienced a lot of scary, intrusive thoughts. After the birth of my son, I was still in a very distressed state and completely overwhelmed with these scary thoughts. I didn’t feel safe around my baby and was worried that I might hurt myself or my baby. I was admitted to a Mother and Baby Unit where I spent the first 6 months of my son’s life. With the right help from professionals and the support of my amazing family, I made a full recovery. It was a scary and dark time but I made it through the tunnel and I saw the light again!
Why did you want to get involved in The Letters of Light Project?
As soon as I heard about the project I knew I wanted to get involved. A letter of light would have meant so much to me when I was unwell. I really wanted to provide that bit of hope and support to another mum struggling with their mental health.
How did you find writing your letter and how did it make you feel?
I really wanted to use my experience of maternal mental health to help others, writing my letter has helped me to achieve this. The opportunity to provide another mum with some hope in the midst of darkness was a positive and humbling experience.
Have you found writing your letter beneficial to your own mental health?
Writing my letter has had a positive impact on my mental health as it has given me the opportunity to use my journey to help another mum.
If there’s a mum reading this and contemplating registering to receive a letter what would you tell them?
You are not alone. Please register for a letter and let a fellow mum give you a little bit of hope.
What is the one message you would like to tell other mums who are struggling through difficult times at the moment?
This illness is not your fault and you are not alone. You deserve to be well and you deserve to enjoy motherhood. With the right help and support you will get through this and you will see the light again.