Brentwood, 9.35pm: 19°C, clear sky

The Happiness Algorithm with special guests Katie Heaphy and Dad, John

I was joined in the studio by Katie Heaphy and her father, John. Katie shared her journey of anxiety, depression, post natal depression and suicidal thoughts. An open and honest account. How a turbulent first birth pushed her to a point she never thought she would experience. The challenge of loving a child when wrestling with post natal depression. The journey of finding love, a relationship and being the mother she wanted to be. All, in such a short period of time. Katie discussed the optimism and joys that came with her second pregnancy. Which, sadly, turned into crisis 6 months after the birth of her second daughter. An inpatient stay on a mother and child unit. Terror, fear, isolation and loneliness and then hope. With the help of the unit, specialist staff and the strength and courage to get better, Katie was able to rebuild her life and fill it with value and riches it deserved. Now living a life filled with love, close family, old and new friends, Katie values her mental health and continues to break the stigma associated with it by being the strong, open, courageous MUM she is!

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