LAURAINE CHEESMAN BCAc
Lauraine Cheesman, from Cirencester, started ‘Shine’ – a programme to support women suffering from Post-natal depression (PND) – after suffering from PND and anxiety herself. The lonely, isolating nature of PND meant that after recovery Lauraine had a passion to help others.
Often a taboo subject, Lauraine has worked hard to make PND more publicised to help people realise how debilitating the condition is. Today local health visitors, welfare officers and healthcare professionals in the community refer patients to Lauraine’s courses, often at an early stage before PND progresses and takes hold. The course is in two parts and lasts two hours for a 12-week course. This gives some much needed ‘me’ time to mums and to spend therapy time creating something new each week, giving each member a real sense of achievement, when they feel they are failing in other areas of their lives.
Through the course and social networking Shine has provided much comfort to women affected by the condition. A ‘Dads Day’ was organised by Lauraine, where husbands and partners of suffering mums could get together to discuss how difficult it was to help and support someone with PND and anxiety.
Nominated by: Clair Robinson-Kirk