Motherhood, Mental Health & Minfulness

In this episode my friend shares her remarkable story. Fiona is a corporate coach, actor, writer and mindfulness teacher. Her life changed dramatically in 2015 after the birth of her first child, when she suffered from a rare mental illness, post partum psychosis, and attempted to take her own life.

After weeks on a trauma ward for injuries to her back, months on a mother and baby unit and a year of recovery, she decided to use her experience to support others and now works in perinatal mental health as a peer support worker, has her own corporate coaching company, writes for the screen with her writing partner Nuala Calvi, who she met at a group for women who were struggling with motherhood, and teaches Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

She is a strong believer that not only can you recover from mental health problems, you can be strengthened by them. She went on to have a second child in 2018, which was not without problems, but she avoided the 1 in 2 chance of becoming unwell with PP again, helped greatly by her meditation practice.

Her website is www.fionaputnam.com
Follow her on Instagram @fionaputnamtraining