Suggested Reading

Surviving post-natal Depression: At Home, No-one Hears You Scream

Cara Aitken
Contains stories from ten women about their illnesses – of varying degrees of severity – and subsequent recovery. Includes chapters on how their partners coped and supported them, practical advice and conclusions, the professional view, the myth of perfect mothering and a chapter summarising common factors in the ten cases. The book is presented in easy to read, small chunks and is ideal for dipping into. View this book on Amazon.

Down Came the Rain: A mother’s story of depression and recovery

Brooke Shields
An easy read and Brooke is very good at describing how she was feeling at the time despite being successful, healthy, in a loving relationship and with a very supportive family. View this book on Amazon

I had a Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone
It seems unlikely that a cartoon book could describe adequately the hell that is depression but it does and it does it brilliantly. Can be read in minutes even when concentration is poor. View this book on Amazon

Living with a Black Dog

Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone
Advice for carers/partners in the same accessible style and easy to read style. This book can really help others to understand something of what it is like to suffer from depression. View this book on Amazon

Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postnatal Depression, Dramatic Rescue & Return to Hope

Tina Zahn
An easy read and an amazing story! Tina suffered greatly in her own childhood and had long bouts of depression before becoming a mother. She suffered from PND after her first child but it was after her second that she really fell apart. View this book on Amazon

Shoot the damn dog: a memoir of depression

Sally Brampton
A ’personal account of a journey through (and out of) severe depression as well as being a practical book, suggesting ideas about what might help.’ View this book on Amazon

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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