Mums are banding together to raise awareness of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week in support of mums who find motherhood lonely.
The group Mummy Social have united with The No Filter Mum’s #thereforher campaign to help spread the word that it’s completely natural to feel loneliness as a parent.
Taking to their Facebook page, founder Josie Barron and ambassadors, TV presenter Helen Skelton and mum blogger turned bestselling author Sarah Turner, shared images of themselves with ‘There For Her’ written on the palm of their hands surround by a heart.
Captioning the images, the trio explained how they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support they and the campaign have received so far, before pointing out three ‘key things’ they have learnt from it so far.
They wrote: ‘We have learned 3 key things so far: 1. It is incredibly common to feel lonely as a mum (and that goes for mums of children of ALL ages – we’re not just talking about newborns).
‘2. Feeling left out at baby groups or at the school gates ‘where everyone else knows each other’ is one of the most commented-on experiences of loneliness. A smile goes a LONG way. A chat and an invitation to join in goes even further.
‘3. People who go out of their way to support others are often in need of support themselves but perhaps get overlooked because they seem to have their s**t together. Appearances can be deceptive. If there’s a mum you know who is always there for everyone else, ask yourself whether anyone is #thereforher.’
Other mums quickly shared their own experiences of loneliness, with one commenting: ‘Nobody warns you about the loneliness… I still suffer with terrible anxiety issues and have somehow managed to isolate myself from friendships by living in a little bubble of routine of work and running a home that rarely deviates but I’m lucky I have a supportive husband otherwise I dread to think what state I would be in without him’.
Another said: ‘LOVE this. Well done ladies xx Motherhood at times is sadly not the sisterhood I thought it would be. It hit me like a brick when my now eight year old started school. I had always loved being a Mummy but not always being with other mummies, 6 months ago it suddenly got a lot better.’
You can be part of the campaign too and join in by posting a photo with a show of hands using the hashtag #thereforher