The Joanne (Joe) Bingley Memorial Foundation, was set up because Joe, due to severe postnatal depression tragically

took her own life 10 weeks after becoming a mother. The charity works to raise the awareness of postnatal depression and to educate both the public and professionals, with aims to both save and improve lives. Did you know that according to a recent report by the Patients Association, service provision for families affected by postnatal depression can be poor to nonexistent in some areas of the UK? Therefore no help when individuals & families need it most. One approach to addressing this is a workshop presented by two trustees of the charity.

Baby’s arrived so why am I not happy?

A workshop of inspiration, knowledge & skills: dual perspectives from a professional & expert by experience
Many front line healthcare professionals may not be aware of the devastating effect of postnatal depression and they may lack the confidence to approach women who may or may not be suffering from postnatal depression. They fear they won’t know what to say or do and they are afraid of the time it will take. At the heart of this one day workshop, aimed at overcoming these concerns, is Elaine’s powerful and inspirational story about her descent into and subsequent recovery from one of the extreme forms of postnatal depression, puerperal psychosis. Time will be set aside for opportunities to reflect on elements of the story and to consider best practice in light of this. The workshop is a mixture of presentation, group work and discussion in a supportive environment. Elaine and Ann are also happy to design a bespoke programme based upon your needs Who should attend?   All those who work in any services wanting an introduction to working with women with postnatal depression and their families. Families currently affected by poor maternal mental health following childbirth.

Participants will     Have increased and deeper understanding and awareness of postnatal depression issues Learn a simple but effective intervention Have an increased knowledge of local and national resources and collaborative working Have an opportunity to reflect on their own needs both personally and professionally

Testimonial An excellent session which was embedded with real life examples, woven with a thread of emotive life experiences, creating a deep learning experience for all participants. In addition, the style and content of the course was invaluable in providing practitioners with core skills and tools to develop their critical thinking and every day practice in this often taboo and misunderstood subject area. I thank you sincerely for this outstanding session! Zena J Rashid, Workforce Development Coordinator - Children's Centres, Nottingham Biographies Elaine Hanzak-Gott is a teacher but after the publication of her story “Eyes without Sparkle – a journey through postnatal illness” (Radcliffe, 2005) she became in demand by the media and for conferences. She is now an international inspirational speaker and campaigner on the topic. Ann Girling is a health visitor by background but is now a fully accredited coach. She has both passion and knowledge in the field of postnatal depression having facilitated training and developed practice. Her book “Journey to Chocolate” will be published in the autumn of 2011. Both are trustees of the Joanne (Joe) Bingley Memorial Foundation. They are also postnatal depression Premium experts for the internet advice site ‘Greatvine’ ( and will be featured in ‘Prima Mother and Baby’ magazine and other national sources of information.

For more information or to book a workshop call or e mail:Elaine Hanzak-Gott Email: Website: Tel : 01937 832 509 Mobile: 07762 148 183 Advice line: 0905 675 4612 Calls cost £1.20 per min from BT landline, mobiles may vary. Email: Website: Tel: 01244 300 391 Mobile: 07787 568 699 Advice line: 0906 400 6223 Calls cost £1.50 per min from BT landline, mobiles may vary.

Ann Girling

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