Public meeting in Carlow on postnatal mental health as Susan Glancy shares her experience

'I've decided to hold this meeting and share my story, to try and start the conversation...'

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Susan Glancy

Susan Glancy is holding a public meeting to discuss postnatal mental health with a view to setting up a support group in Carlow.

Shortly after the birth of her daughter Beth, the Carlow woman was diagnosed with Postnatal Psychosis.

It has been a long journey, but thankfully she has come out the other side of it and enjoys a wonderfully strong relationship with Beth now. 

In a post on Facebook, Susan said: "I've decided to hold this meeting and share my story, to try and start the conversation about postnatal mental health.

"This is such an important topic that's still very much taboo and we need to remove the stigma around it."

Susan's husband, Kevin Brady, said: "At this meeting, we will share our own very personal story in the hope that it will encourage others to talk about their difficulties (a problem shared is a problem halved!).

"PND doesn't just affect the mother it can have a huge impact on the wider family and friends too. Let's start the conversation and let's let expectant mothers know that it's ok to not be ok!

"I am really proud of her (Susan) for opening up on this issue as it is not something that is easy to talk about. She is an incredibly strong individual and I am luck to have her! If you can make it on the night we would really appreciate. If you can't please help to spread the word.

"Many women suffer in silence and never get diagnosed."

The public meeting will take place on Monday, November 19 at the Seven Oaks Hotel at 8pm and all are welcome.