Other Mum’s Stories

My name is Nicky Turriff and I’m 37 years old.

You could say my life has been pretty idyllic – I own a successful property letting business in Padstow and live on a smallholding surrounded by horses and beautiful countryside with my husband and 3 stepchildren. Despite the everyday demands of work and family life I always felt I was pretty invincible, balancing my heavy work schedule with an eventful family life and whatever else life chucked at me.

When I found out I was pregnant in 2007, I could not have been happier as my husband and I had been trying for a baby for years but to no avail. On June 7th 2008 I gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl, Poppy, and on that day I really felt my life was complete.

Shortly after Poppy’s birth however, events took a dramatic and totally unexpected turn as I developed Postnatal Depression that later developed into the horrific condition – Puerperal Psychosis. This torturous condition took over my life for 18 months and devastated my family, who just couldn’t understand how this could have happened to me ‘of all people’ and how on earth they could help bring me out of it and get ‘their Nicky’ back..

24 months on I am now on the road to recovery and thanks to a huge amount of support I am getting my life back together – but it has been a real fight. Puerperal Psychosis is a terrifying condition not only for the person suffering, but for their partner and family who will feel that they cannot help whatever they do. Now that I have finally come out of the other side, I desperately want to help other woman who are suffering from this condition and if at all possible help prevent it happening in the first place. It’s so important to increase awareness and understanding of this escalating illness as I do believe greater understanding and small steps at the earlier stages can make all the difference and basically save lives.

My husband found out about The Angela Harrison Trust and Angela’s story when browsing the web in desperation to get information on PND. When I heard about Angela’s story I was determined I had to do something to help other sufferers and raise money for her charity so I organised a 36 mile cycle ride on The Camel Trail from Padstow to Wenford Bridge (Bodmin) and back, on February 27th 2010. This was a huge success and we raised £12,000. It was a fantastic day and it was good to meet other mothers that had also suffered from this horrendous illness.

Support Groups

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.

News & events


County Perinatal Services Expand following Funding Boost

After successfully obtaining additional funding from NHS England, the Perinatal Mental Health Service has expanded significantly and is now able to offer a more enhanced service across Cornwall. Mandy Raywood, Specialist Perinatal Team Leader said, “Our target group are women who have a significant mental illness or been identified as at risk of developing one […]

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Exciting Times for the Perinatal Team

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team have been successful in their application to NHS England for additional funding to expand the existing perinatal team. We have recently shortlisted 5 candidates for interview for 2 band 6 Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse posts and will be interviewing just before Christmas. We will also be advertising for […]

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