Wirral woman's wise words for other mums

A Wirral woman is urging other mums to seek help if they are struggling to cope with motherhood.

Kate Silcock launched a blog promoting positive mental health and wellbeing after being diagnosed with post natal depression.

The 34 year old English teacher and journalism graduate says she is trying to challenge the preconceptions of parenthood.

She and her husband Harry have two daughters, aged 1 and 3.

“I was no longer me. I was just Hattie and Alice’s mum. I masked it really well I think that struck a chord with a lot of mums.”

Kate, who lives in Thingwall, was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at the age of 14 and generalised anxiety disorder when she was 19.

Kate Silcock

Her blog, Alice In Worryland, is gaining a lot of attention since she wrote her first post at the start of the year.

It has been described as “really honest and reassuring” by the Wirral Maternity Voices Partnership.

She told Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans how she has now developed a community of mums speaking out and saying they are not ok.

“There’s so much support on Wirral for mums who are struggling. The problem is people don’t know how to access it.”

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance says more than one in ten women develop a mental illness during pregnancy and the first year after having a baby.

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Speaking in Maternal Mental Health Week, Kate told listeners how she holds Mindful Mum events to help others like her.

“It’s ok to not feel great as a mum. It's so damaging to compare yourself to another mum because you’re on your own path. I had lots of messages from local mums who identified with what I was saying.”

Kate advises anyone suffering in silence to see their GP, contact the PANDAS Foundation, Wirral MIND or talk to Samaritans.

People can also contact Kate directly on Facebook and Instagram.

She hopes her words will give people confidence and encouragement to make themselves better.

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