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LOCAL PARENTS LAUNCH MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN #TAKEAMOMENT
April 2019 - The Ards Advertiser
Nuala Murphy, CEO and Founder of Moment Health, is joined by local mums to launch the new #TakeAMoment campaign to encourage new parents, and indeed everyone, to prioritise their mental health.
A new dad and mums from across Northern Ireland have joined forces to launch a mental health campaign aimed at breaking down barriers of guilt, shame, loneliness, embarrassment, fear, confusion and other stigmas associated with perinatal depression and anxieties. The campaign #TakeAMoment will encourage new parents, and indeed everyone, to prioritise their mental health.
The parents backing the campaign feature in a no holds barred short film which can be viewed at www.momenthealth.io where they share their own varied experiences of parenthood in an open, honest, often emotional, frank and very personal way.
Forty seven year old mum of three Vivian McKinnon is a transformation change therapist and wellness consultant. She lives in Carrowdore and believes that welcoming a child into the world is about the birth of a mother too. Vivian said: “The Moment Health app provides the privacy and discretion for mums to be able to note their feelings and emotions in their own home where they can be honest about how they are coping with motherhood. I believe it's vitally important and midwives should be recommending this app to new mums across Northern Ireland. I am very passionate about mental health recovery and supporting people to be their true authentic self. Becoming a mummy can be overwhelming and I just love the whole ethos behind the Moment Health app.”
With 20% of women and 10% of men experiencing symptoms of post natal depression and associated anxieties, the campaign aims to encourage parents to download the free Moment Health app on iOS and Android and #TakeAMoment to seek the help they deserve from tracking their moods and emotions to locating services in their area and accessing a secure online community of like minded parents.
Speaking about the launch of #TakeAMoment, Moment Health CEO and founder, Nuala Murphy, said: “I believe we have a responsibility to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of new and expectant parents and those that care for them, at home, in the workplace and across our communities. When we do through early intervention, we have the potential to affect the mental health of future generations, so I want this campaign to assist with early intervention. I would encourage everyone to #TakeAMoment to consider their mental health and be empowered with the knowledge they need to seek help and recover.”
#TakeAMoment, download the Moment Health app free on iOS and Android. Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/moment-health/id1291754124; Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.momenthealth.app.
For organisations wishing to support their employees and their families, please check out https://momenthealth.io/for-your-staff.html.