A MUM-OF-THREE who has suffered with post-natal depression has set up a group to help other people going through the same problems.
Stephanie Addison launched Raindrops to Rainbows for mums suffering with pre and post-natal depression, and also to offer support to their partners and other family members.
The 30-year-old full-time volunteer, who lives in the Rossmere area of Hartlepool, began to suffer with symptoms of the condition after the birth of her second child and felt that there was not enough support for women.
She has also spoken to a lot of other mums and mums-to-be who feel the same, so decided to do something to try and help.
In a bid to alleviate the stress and pressure that pre and post-natal depression puts on families, Stephanie is now trying to spread the word about her new support network which currently meets in The Peoples Centre, in Raby Road, every other Wednesday from 10am-11am.
Stephanie said: “I went through post-natal depression a number of years ago with one of my children and I’ve seen friends going through it.
“I actually did an online survey for all over the North-East and I was amazed at the amount of women who said there was no support for them. Midwives and health visitors were too busy to help.
“A lot of people said that if they had a support group to go to it may have made life easier for them. Groups like Raindrops to Rainbows would also be helpful for husbands, partners and family members because they can then understand some of the symptoms and provide the right support.”
She added: “That’s why I decided to set up Raindrops to Rainbows, and when I came up with the name my eldest son thought it was very fitting so we kept it!
“It gives mums somewhere to go to chat to other parents going through similar experiences. Sometimes it’s all about talking with somebody else who’s going through a similar experience, rather than a professional trying to help you by reading from a text book.
“That’s what our group is about.”
There are about five mums who attend the group so far, but Stephanie – who has a 13-year-old son and two daughters aged six and four – would like to urge other mums and their partners or family members to come along.
The group is free and tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are on offer. Children are welcome to attend, and the next meeting is on Wednesday.
Anyone who would like any further information can call Stephanie on 07837 086980, or log onto raindropstorainbows.co.uk.