Image: Lindsay Robinson at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast
By VIEW editor Brian Pelan
Over 70 people from the public and private sector were at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast today to hear calls for increased support for women struggling with postnatal depression and other mental health issues.
Lindsay Robinson, whose partner is East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson, spoke about her long journey to recover after suffering postnatal depression after the birth of her son Reuben.
Her full story can be read at http://viewdigital.org/2016/04/04/lindsay-robinson-tells-view-of-her-battle-with-postnatal-depression/
Lindsay, who writes a blog about her recovery journey – http://www.haveyouseenthatgirl.com/ – said that she is now feeling much better but is even more determined to raise the issue of better support for those struggling with mental health issues.
Green Party MLA Clare Bailey and Breedagh Hughes from the Royal College of Midwives were also present in the audience.
Ms Hughes said that women in working classes area were the worst hit in terms of mental health support.
Petra Wolsey, Marketing Director at the Merchant Hotel, said she had once been diagnosed with moderate postnatal depression.
“All of us in this room have a duty to try and remove the stigma from experiencing a mental health condition,” said Ms Wolsey.
Nuala Murphy, founder and CEO of Moment Health, said that Belfast-based business Moment Health has secured investment from techstartNI to enable it to develop its first innovation which will focus on maternal mental health issues such as postnatal depression and associated anxieties.
Among those who also spoke at the event were Mark Regan, chief executive of south Belfast’s Kingsbridge Private Hospital; Ruth McVeigh from Allen & Overy; Susan Walker from Allstate and Sandra Wright from Ulster Bank.