These brave mums will be harnessing all of their inner Goddess strength, embracing self belief and power, to walk on Fire! Like Phoenixes rising from the ashes these mums will show us all how incredibly strong they are.
The mums have been supported by Shine, and will be raising funds to support other mums on the same dark journey of post natal depression.
About Shine -www.shine-support.org
Shine PND Support
Following the birth of my second baby I suffered with severe post natal depression. My recovery was slow and incredibly difficult not just for me, but for all who love me. It took more strength than I ever realised I had within me, and I knew one day I would reach back to help other mums on that traumatic road.
5 years ago I founded Shine, a support group focussing on perinatal mental health. During my recovery I created my own tool box of coping strategies, as well as a deep understanding on how important our mental health is, and felt that this knowledge and empathy would create a positive and nurturing environment. I was lucky to receive some funding from a local company to get started and Health Visitors were keen to refer mums into this new service, and so Shine was born!
Within Shine we offer 12 week courses covering a wide range of coping strategies and tasters in the hope that mums will leave Shine at the end of the course feeling more confident in coping with their anxiety and depression. Shine also has a wonderful creche of 3, meaning that our mums really do get some crucial “me time” and are able to absorb themselves in being creative. Working within creche ratio, we can support around 9 mums on each 12 week course.
Shine’s main focus is Creative Therapy. I knew from experience how effective this can be having delved into creativity for distraction when feeling anxious myself. Local artists join us with amazing workshops to focus the minds of these mums. Activities such as mosaicking, felting, origami, print making (and so much more!) means that mums leave with something truly beautiful that they can feel very proud of. This boosts confidence and encourages mums to be creative at home. Often a Shine mum will come back and produce her own workshop for us when feeling better!
We also offer a “hands on” nutrition workshop with an award winning local nutritionist, showing mums that what they eat really can make a difference to how they feel. Yoga and pilates workshops teach mums how to use the power of the breath to feel calm as well as gently strengthening and stretching. A local hypnotherapist speaks to the mums about how the brain works and how stress hormones are produced, and gives amazing advice on how to take steps to controlling those hormones using positive thought, mindfulness and relaxation. On a more physical level a wonderful massage therapist offers back massage and reflexology to mums which is hugely appreciated and valued.
The biggest thing Shine gives to these mums is each other. It is like watching the sun come out when introducing these mums as they realise they are no longer alone on this journey. The peer support gained at Shine works like magic, and deep friendships are formed. The groups of mums stay together well after the end of their course, and continue to support each other on their difficult journey. This is such a strengthening and empowering gift and a pleasure to behold every time.
Shine Mummies. We created a private facebook page of peer support for Shine mummies past, present and future. We currently have over 250 members! Mums value the opportunity to ask advice, vent when upset, share when feeling good, knowing there will be no judgement, only support and understanding. A whole community of Shine Mums has formed as mums continue to support and look after one another,
We now have four Shines running in and around Cirencester and have just started our first course in Swindon. Health Visitors, GPs, and midwives have seen for themselves the huge difference being made and refer struggling mums as and when they can. I truly feel that if there were more “Shines” dotted across the country, the effects of post natal depression could be reduced. Mums supporting mums, reaching back for more mums, becoming stronger. A large proportion of workload would be taken away from the NHS as GP and HV visits are reduced. I passionately want to help as many mums as I can reach to Shine once more.
I feel hugely proud of what we have achieved at Shine and that some positive has come from my own battle with Post Natal Depression. I will continue to fundraise tirelessly to keep Shine going into the future.
Lauraine Cheesman - Shine Founder
Mondays 12 – 2pm - The Churn Project, The Waterloo, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2PY
Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am - GL11 Community Hub, Cam, Dursley, Glos. GL11
Fridays 12 – 2pm – Cirencester Baptist Church
Fridays 10 – 12pm – Kingshill House, Old Town, Swindon
Each course lasts for 12 weeks (term time only) with a maximum of 9 babies in our Qualified creche. On average we welcome 9 mums through each course.
Mums can be referred via their Health Visitor or GP. I am also happy to speak to mums directly if they feel they would like to self-refer and to take referrals via our local Home-Start.
There is no charge for the course, however donations of £2 per session would be welcomed.
Please follow Shine at www.shine-support.org,
www.facebook.com/shineoncemore and @ShinePNDsupport
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