Beckenham Mum’s powerful book fights mental health stigma

Pictured: Author, Amy Brett at the launch of her book Twenty Four Plus Six.

Amy Brett, a mother and author from Beckenham, has published a moving book about her struggles with mental health after a tough childbirth.

When Amy’s baby girl was unexpectedly born only twenty-four weeks and six days into her pregnancy, and immediately rushed to intensive care, Amy and her family were ‘thrown onto the most terrifying rollercoaster ride of their lives’.

Amy said: “It’s the story of my inner world, the darkest parts of my mind and the thoughts that no one wants to voice. It’s a real no-holds-barred account of the psychological and emotional impact of premature birth, particularly on a mother’s mental health.

Our Mindful Mums Project Worker, Laura Corrigan, was one of the first in line to read Amy’s insightful book.

Laura felt a strong connection to Amy’s words. She thinks it’s important to amplify voices like Amy’s, especially to fight perinatal mental health stigma and promote open conversations. “By sharing her experience in such a raw and honest way, she encourages conversations about very difficult perinatal topics”.

Laura was so supportive of Amy’s fight against perinatal mental health stigma that her quote, “A raw and valuable insight into perinatal trauma”, appears on the front cover.

Earlier this month, Laura had the pleasure of meeting Amy at her book launch in Beckenham.

Laura (pictured left) said, “Amy shares our determination at Mindful Mums to validate and normalise the intrusive thoughts that so many parents experience, but so often stay silent due to the stigma of fear, shame and guilt.

Her book could be a valuable resource for perinatal mental health care services like Mindful Mums, and has great potential to improve experiences for future parents and families”.              

Pictured: Laura Corrigan, BLG Mind Mindful Mums Project Worker holding up Twenty-Four Plus Six