Maternal mental health was, until recently, a subject few people spoke about. But did you know that some studies suggest 1 in 3 mothers experience mental health issues related to parenthood at some point in their journey? Maternal mental health is an underdiagnosed and undertreated public health issue and many people suffer on in silence without support, due to the stigma associated and the fear of being seen as a failure.
Charities, the media and the government have stated to act. Progress is being made, but there’s still a long way to go. That’s why one group of mums – who also happen to be experts in this field – are stepping in to help.
They’ve come up with a new app called Nourish. They want to make good health and wellbeing accessible to all mothers by giving mums access to relevant tips and tools to support their mental wellbeing .
Their app will offer a wide range of resources including practical guides, relaxation techniques, yoga and mindfulness exercises. Through it, they want to show women the importance of looking after themselves as well as their families and “to revolutionise the motherhood journey by supporting, motivating and inspiring all mothers to thrive.”
East Sheen resident Sara Campin came up with the idea after her own experience of becoming a mum – which took a toll on her mental health. “The realities of modern motherhood totally floored me and my mental health really suffered. I found this hard to admit, even to family and close friends. It took four years before I realised the importance of looking after myself and my needs. I strongly believe that having access to affordable, relevant support would have made a huge difference to me and my family.”
Sara’s determined to help other mums in the same situation and has spent a great deal of time and effort researching and designing the app. She has a strong team of experts behind her – psychologists, psychiatrists, happiness coaches, mindfulness experts and yoga teachers – and they’re all equally as passionate about the cause.
“We’ve got an important mission, heaps of passion and a fantastic team of experts”, explains Sara, “but we do need more cash to build the techy bit and make this dream of mine a reality. If all goes well, then we hope to get the app ready to download by the end of the year and start helping more mothers find greater joy in their journey.”
Please support them in this important mission – the Nourish app is now funding on Kickstarter.