SURVIVORS of post-natal depression will soon be taking part in Omagh’s half marathon to help stamp-out the stigma associated with the illness.
The proud mums and their families will be running the town’s annual 5k run on behalf of ‘Support 2gether’, a charity who supports families who live with ante-natal and post-natal depression.
This year, the SPAR Omagh half marathon and 5k fun run will take place on April 1 at 11am, beginning at the Omagh Leisure Complex.
Una Leonard, co-founder of Support 2gether, said that it was important for more mums to come forward and seek help if they are suffering.
“Unfortunately, post-natal depression is an illness that carries a lot of stigma around it,” she said.
“We’re doing the run together to raise awareness within our community about an illness that brings darkness as it steals joy from families.
“We hope by creating awareness, and by re-inforcing the message that ‘you are not alone’, more families will seek help and guidance.”
Una explained that depression at the ante-natal stage affects one in ten women, while one in ten mums are affected by depression at the post-natal stage.
“An important message that needs to be heard is that this is a treatable illness, which needs time, care and attention in order to recover from,” Una continued.
“So please support us on April 1 and turn the April fool’s joke on PND,” Una said. “No more are we going to hide away from this illness.”
Last Saturday, the charity hosted a ‘Crafty 2gether’ workshop for families as a way to involve the children ahead of the 5k run.
At the event, kids created ‘2gether’ colourful sunflowers that will be used on the day of the run to bring awareness, colour and fun to the occasion.
The craft event was sponsored by a support 2gether dad Eamon O’Goan from Eamon School of Motoring, and Leona from Make Memories who donated her time and skills.
“We’d like to express a big thanks to Omagh Community Church for letting us use their premises, and to Sheila for painting the big kids and little kid’s faces,” Una concluded.
“We are truly grateful for all the support and donations the charity receives.”
• For more information about the charity and the work they do, please contact Una on 078 6871 0778.