Help now at hand for women going through the baby blues

Kay Buchanan and daughter Esme Smith
Kay Buchanan and daughter Esme Smith

A KIRKCALDY woman is hoping to use her own experiences to help set up a new support group for women with post natal depression.

Kay Buchanan (20), of the town’s Douglas Street suffered from severe anxiety and feelings of being unable to cope after giving birth to daughter Esme, who is now 20 weeks old.

Not wanting to go on medication with a young baby to care for, Kay turned to Facebook for help and came across the online group Post Natal Depression Support and Awareness, where she was able to chat to other new mums who were experiencing issues similar to her own.

And she says it was the support she received from the group which helped her to face her problems in the realisation that she was not alone and that her feelings were not unusual.

“I realised when Esme was just days old that I was feeling tired and weepy all the time,” she said.

“I am normally a bubbly and outgoing person, but I didn’t want to leave the house and was really worried that I couldn’t cope if she started to cry when we were out.

“In fact the first time we did venture out and she started crying I burst into tears and was walking along pushing the pram with tears rolling down my face.

“I didn’t have any of my family around, although my mum was always at the other end of the phone, so I went online and discovered the support group and gradually things started to improve and through speaking to others and getting their advice on how they dealt with it, I felt better able to cope.

“I went to my doctor and am on medication as I still have ups and downs, but just knowing I can speak to others is a great help.

“I want to be able to offer that help to others and I am in the process of setting up a Scottish branch of the group with the founder members, two women from Wales.

“I am doing some fundraising to get it off the ground and it should be up and running around mid August.”

Kay is holding a fundraising coffee morning in Overton Community Centre on August 11 from 10.00 a.m. to help set up the charity.