Maternal mental health – the silent struggle

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance reports that more than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or during the first year after having a baby. For this reason, they refer to maternal mental health as perinatal mental health (to include the duration...

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To the special needs teachers of my son

I didn't want to send Harry to a special school. I wanted him in mainstream with his twin brother doing all the things that other siblings were doing together. I wanted him to have loads of friends and memories to treasure forever. I wanted him to know that anything...

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7 aspects of life after divorce

Moving on with life after divorce can be a real struggle. Even where marriages have been oppressive, controlling and abusive, adjusting to a new way of living without those aspects can feel strange at times. I had only been married for 3 years when I decided to leave...

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Me, my girl and hip dysplasia

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. Could you please share your name and where in the country you are from?  I'm Emma Bradley and I live in Gloucestershire Would you mind sharing the moment that your life changed forever? Erin was 19 months when she was finally...

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Assisted living when your child has SEND

I am in the process, thanks to a local grant and a hefty re-mortgage, of adding an extension to my house for Harry to have his own bedroom and wet room. This was always my intention from the day I bought the house because, back in 2012 when Harry was 7 years old, I...

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Autism and Sleep

My son Harry has two diagnoses. His primary diagnosis is of Goldenhar Syndrome, a rare congenital craniofacial condition which affected the formation of his facial features. The second diagnosis is of Autism including Global Learning Delay. It is Harry's autism that...

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My boy is growing up – why I’m proud and why I was wrong…

My boy is growing up. Although Harry is almost 14 years old, he has always functioned at a much younger age. In many ways, he still does; He is obsessed with Vtech infant toys and still needs a lot of help with getting dressed and personal care. His communication is...

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The life changing legacy of love

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. Could you please share your name and where in the country you are from? Hi Charlie. I'm Lisa Valentine and I'm based just outside Manchester, England. Thanks. Would you mind sharing the moment that your life changed forever? My...

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