Run towards the light

Liz, who suffered from post-natal depression, found running while pushing her daughter in her pram, has helped her.  Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d441685
Liz, who suffered from post-natal depression, found running while pushing her daughter in her pram, has helped her. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d441685

Mrs Pelham suffered from post-natal depression after her first daughter Isabelle was born in 2009 and again after she gave birth to Abigail two years later.

�I experienced difficulties post-birth with bonding and found it hard to cope with what was supposed to be a joyous time,� she said. �I had feelings of guilt and frustration, it made me wonder whether I was a good mother.

�I was yelling at a little baby then feeling guilty; I knew logically it was not the way to react.�

Mrs Pelham said her illness intensified after the birth of her second daughter but she finally sought help and was diagnosed with post-natal depression.

�Going on medication gave me the chance to unwind,� she said.

Mrs Pelham started taking part in community races two years ago, running while pushing her daughters in a pram.

�It has been a long struggle but I am finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and running has been my saviour,� she said.

She will take part in the City to Surf marathon on August 30 while pushing four-year-old Abigail to raise money and awareness for The Black Dog Institute.

�I have become passionate about drawing attention to mental health issues through my own experience and decided to take this one step further and fundraise for the institute,� she said.

�You never expect it�s going to happen to you and knowing other people are experiencing the same thing is really encouraging.

�I want others to know it can happen and it�s nothing to be embarrassed about.�

She is also starting a group for northern suburbs mothers suffering from similar mental health issues. �It will be a supportive environment, where people can come without feeling judged,� she said.

�I want them to feel like they�re not alone, they�re not the only one who hasn�t bonded with your child or fallen in love with your baby straight away. Seeking help is the biggest thing because it�s not you, it�s actually something going on in your brain.�

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For more information about the mother�s group, email lizpelham@live.com.au.