Journeys of Hope

Posted 07 April 2015 | 0 Comments

1st-7th May sees the second ever “Hope Week”, an initiative set up to get people talking about postnatal depression (PND) by the charity, Journeys of Hope.

Journeys of Hope was founded in 2013 by Ann Girling and Rachel Redshaw, who both suffered from postnatal depression as new mothers. The charity aims to become a nationwide hub for information about postnatal depression for public and professionals alike.

Ann’s experience of postnatal depression was some 34 years ago, when she herself was working as a Health Visitor. It was seeing little change in the attitude towards PND and service provision since then that convinced her that something must be done.

Ann said: “As a Health Visitor for well over 20 years, I feel passionate about ensuring that new mothers, fathers and their families have information about postnatal depression and are given the vital support they need to recover from what is a very common illness, affecting up to 1 in 7 women.”

“We believe service provision can be patchy and so Journeys of Hope exists to provide information, challenge the stigma associated with PND and start the conversation – we want people to be talking about this, not brushing it under the carpet and painting parenthood as a bed of roses when the reality is so different for many people.”

One of the charity’s key activities to start the conversation about PND is their annual “Hope Week”, now in its second year.

Journeys of Hope’s Co-Founder, Rachel Redshaw, explains more: “We found that, despite there being a designated day, week or even month for many illnesses, there appeared to be nothing devoted to postnatal depression, se we decided to set one up!”

“We called it Hope Week as a reminder that even in the darkest days of depression there can always be hope of a brighter future, and with the right support, people can and will recover.”

Journeys of Hope are encouraging people to get involved in Hope Week from 1st-7th May on social media by tweeting using the hashtags #youarenotalone #letstalkPND #HopeWeek #PND.

The charity, which relies upon donations from the public to survive, is also asking people to hold a coffee morning during Hope Week to help raise funds to support its work and to encourage people to start the conversation about PND with their friends, family or work colleagues.

Rachel added: “It doesn’t matter if your coffee morning raises £10 or £100 – every penny will help us continue to engage with, educate and inform mothers, families and health professionals about postnatal depression and help those suffering get the support they need.”

For a free Hope Week coffee morning fundraising pack, please visit , call Suzanne Evans on 07971 269987 or e mail her on

Contact: Website: Facebook: Journeys of Hope Twitter: @journeysofhope_ #youarenotalone #letstalkPND #HopeWeek #PND