This is the joint website of the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team

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Beating postnatal depression

The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust is a registered charity which aims to help women and their families by raising awareness and providing information about postnatal depression/illness.

This conditon is often referred to as “The Silent Epidemic” with many new mums feeling guilty that they can’t cope with their new baby. No one needs to Suffer in Silence… help is at hand. Your GP and Health Visitor are very understanding of this treatable and common illness.

Postnatal depression support in Cornwall

Support groups in Cornwall

We have been working closely with Pentreath an award winning mental health charitable organisation to recruit, train and support volunteers who have been running a fabulously successful support group at the Children’s Centre in Falmouth. 

This group has now come to an end.  From the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust we want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who committed valuable time and energy in setting up and maintaining these support groups to help and inspire the mums involved.

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Angela's story

Angela Harrison

On 14th July 2005, Angela Harrison took her own life at the tragically young age of 31, four months after the birth of her daughter Sophie. Angela had been suffering from a severe form of postnatal depression.

Angela worked as a Medical Secretary at Perranporth Surgery and lived in Newquay with her husband of 12 years Anthony. She was a bright, vivacious, fun loving young woman ecstatic about the arrival of their first and much wanted child but following the birth of Sophie, on 9th March 2005, Angela became depressed and went on to develop puerperal psychosis. Read more…

News & events

Jul
01

Annual General Meeting

The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust held its Annual General Meeting on 08 June 2016. We welcomed Mandy Raywood, Manager of the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team at Cornwall Foundation Trust, to the committee. Sandra Batty has been re-elected as Treasurer, Jackie Harrison as Secretary and Dr Adrian Flynn as Chair. We are looking forward to another […]

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Jun
21

National Expert Visits Cornwall

Last year the Trust organised for Dr Liz MacDonald a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist from London with over 30 years’ experience in the area to come to Cornwall. Liz delivered three tailored half-day teaching programmes for Health Visitors and Midwives, Community Mental Health staff, GP’s and Psychiatrists. The training took place at the Alverton Manor and […]

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Nov
12

Celebrity Spotlight

There has been a lot of coverage in the news about post natal depression following the Heroes star Hayden Panettierre’s revelation of her own problems.  Hayden said that while she hasn’t experienced the extreme levels of depression some women do after giving birth, she has found it difficult at times. “I can very much relate,” […]

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Nov
03

Postnatal Depression Affects Fathers Too

Postnatal depression has traditionally been seen as a condition that affects mothers.  However, research suggests that the condition is not restricted to mums.  A study by Paulson in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2010 found that roughly 10% of men became depressed during their partner’s pregnancy or after birth – not much […]

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Oct
07

Our 10th Anniversary – “TIN”

It is our 10 year anniversary this year so I looked up which traditional present for this event you would expect to find and came up with Tin.  This is very ironic as we are a Cornish charity trust. Thinking about the word “TIN” and what this could symbolise to the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, […]

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Oct
06

Educational events for health professionals in Cornwall

The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust is sponsoring three unique educational events for health professionals in Cornwall.  Dr Liz MacDonald, an expert in Perinatal Mental Health, will be coming to Cornwall and delivering tailored lectures and workshops for Psychiatric Nurses, Health Visitors and GP’s.  This is going to take place on 30 November, 1 and 2 […]

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Oct
06

Postpartum Confession

The Daily Mirror has recently featured the story of a new mum from America who has shared her feelings on-line. Danielle Haines from Arizona posted a page on Facebook of herself with her newborn son and received more than 22,000 comments.  She has since set up a website, Postpartum Confession (US term for postnatal), where […]

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Oct
06

Dads Matter UK

Mark Williams and Chris Bingley have joined together to launch Dads Matter UK.  Their aim is to raise awareness amongst dads and to encourage open discussion and disclosure of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress during the 1001 critical days from conception to age 2.   Further information is available on their website: www.dadsmatteruk.org

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Jul
09

Falling through the Gaps

The Royal College of General Practitioners released a report in March 2015 called “Falling through the Gaps”.  The report uses survey data from women and GP’s to find out why so few women get timely help and what would help to ensure more women get access to support when they need it. The report finds […]

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Mar
13

New Perinatal Mental Health Team

New Perinatal Mental Health Team

After years of contributing to the campaign for a Perinatal Mental Health Service in Cornwall, Anthony Harrison had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon to open the Perinatal Mental Health Service on 19 August 2013. Anthony Harrison has worked closely with Cornwall Foundation Trust “We at the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust are delighted and very […]

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