The Cedar House Support Groups are for women who are experiencing postnatal depression. The groups provide a safe and supportive environment where mothers can get together with others who may be feeling similar to themselves. This helps their recovery by normalising feelings and reducing the sense of isolation that postntal depression can bring, (see comments below)
The groups are facilitated by a trained and very experienced counsellor, Liz Wise, who had severe PND after both her children.
Liz Wise is a specialist PND counsellor who has been supporting mothers and facilitating support groups for twenty two years. Having had severe PND after both her children( see Liz's story) she knows what a difference groups like this can make to a mother’s recovery. Liz is also the PND support coordinator for the National Childbirth Trust, sits on the commitee for the Association for Postnatal Illness and has produced the DVD, Understanding Postnatal Depression.
The Guildford Group
This group runs from 10am to midday every Wednesday, term time only starting on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at Boxgrove Sure Start Children's Centre, Boxgrove Lane, Guildford, GU1 2TD. all our groups are informal, confidential and a great support for the mothers. A crèche is provided and there is parking. Please contact Liz before attending: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07773283556.
The Balham Group
This group is at St Stephen's Centre( next to The Weir Link Centre) Weir Road, SW12 0NU, starting on Friday 15th April 2016 .
This group will run every Friday , term time only from 9.30 to 11.30am, a crèche is provided and there is free parking.
It is necessary to book a place for this group , please contact Liz to do so. 07773 283556, email@example.com
The Surrey Heath Group (Mytchett)
This group starts on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at Mytchett Children's Centre, Hamesmoor Road, Mytchett, GU16 6JB and runs every Tuesday term time only from 12.30 to 2.30pm. A crèche is provided and there is free parking. Please contact Liz on 07773 283556 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The Mortlake and Richmond Group
This new group starts on Friday May 13th and is from 12.45 to 2.45pm. It is at Mortlake Hall, 30 Mullins Path, Mortlake, SW14 8EZ. A crèche is provided and there is parking. Please contact Liz, 07773 283556, email@example.com for further details.
All the groups and crèches are free of charge and it is necessary to book a place for all groups.
If you know of anybody who may be interested in attending any of the groups, please contact Liz Wise on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07773283556 for further details. All mails and calls are confidential.
SOME COMMENTS FROM MOTHERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE GROUPS :
This group helped me so much by letting me talk about my feelings without being judged, in a very relaxed informal setting.
The group has allowed me to feel 'normal' again, get my confidence back and really start to enjoy my life and baby.
This has helped me understand that the feelings I have had are very common, normal and that I'm not a bad mother.
I never ever thought that by sitting with people that I didn't know for two hours each week would help me get better, but it certainly has and I'm made some great friends too!
I think the fact that the counsellor had had postnatal depression was really helpful, she could really understand and empathise with what we were all going through and feeling.
The group probably stopped me from going 'mad' and allowed me to gain perspective on my situation.
- This group is brilliant and just fantastic that it is led by someone who has experienced what we are going through, not judged and very respectful of any comments made.
- This group has saved my life and given me a chance to be with my boys.
- This group saved me when I felt so hopeless and I learnt to communicate my feelings better with my partner which improved our relationship.
I don't know what I would have done without this group, I cannot thank the facilitators and the supporters of this group enough.