E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana || The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

Ā Tātou Kōrero | Your Stories

Ā Tātou Kōrero | Your Stories

Stories inspire and heal us – you are not alone.

We know that talking therapies can help us in expressing our stories, and sharing our journeys can be a helpful extension of this. On the other side, hearing the stories of others, especially people who may have been in a similar situation, can be inspiring and connecting. Other’s accounts expressing what you might be feeling can provide reassurance and build courage to ask for support.

We aim to bring you more personal accounts in the coming months. If you wish to share your personal story with us, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Before my daughter was born, I had trained and worked for many years as an early childhood teacher. This was a job I was confident in, and passionate about. I worked mainly with two-year-olds so I had a lot of experience working with babies and toddlers. Therefore, I assumed I would be the last person who would suffer from PND. – Erin

Read Erin’s full story on postnatal depression and anxiety here

Ā Tātou Kōrero | Your Stories

Blue Stories Project

Karolina Gorton, an illustrator and designer, approached Perinatal Support Nelson with the idea of the Blue Stories Project: sharing journeys of getting out of perinatal depression (PND). They decided to collaborate and bring this project to you. Karolina created nine portraits of women, who shared with her their blue stories. Each image contained a story and an encouraging message for the viewer to read. The project includes four audio recordings on that topic. The project exhibition was displayed in Elma Turner Library in May 2021, and in Richmond Library in June 2021. And it is here for your to explore.

Read the Blue Stories here

Listen to the Audio Interviews here