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Something To Live For: My Postnatal Depression and How the NHS Saved Us

Laura Canty

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Memoirs, Mental health services, Health & personal development, Women's health, Coping with illness & specific conditions, Advice on parenting

The real-life, very relatable story of how young mum overcame postnatal depression and rediscovered hope and joy.

As recommended by Josh Widdicombe on the PARENTING HELL podcast

"It's staggeringly honest but also really funny - I laughed out loud several times. It felt like hearing from a friend. A book that will make a difference, I am sure of it" - Sarah Turner, author of The Unmumsy Mum

"Her memoir is brave, honest and shows how friends, family and the NHS got her back from the brink." - The Sun

"Something To Live For vividly, brilliantly depicts a descent into mental illness, and what it feels like. It's funny, brutally honest - but uplifting too, because it shows how, with the right treatment, she recovered." - The Telegraph


What readers are saying:

***** "What a tremendous read. A big-hearted, painfully honest and utterly joyful story."

****** "Cannot put this book down. A rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish but even in the darkest moments Laura manages to find an uplifting way to talk about them...An incredible read no matter what your circumstances are."

***** "Such a moving and important read bringing light to a topic that is not spoken about enough. Laura writes so candidly and emotively...I have recommended this inspiring and brave account to so many people!"

Laura Canty is a new mum.

She has a beautiful baby boy, Arthur, and a wonderful husband. She has new mum friends on the local WhatsApp group, and everyone in her life is supportive and happy for her. But Laura doesn't see it this way.

In the weeks since her baby was born, like 1 in 5 women, Laura has developed Postnatal Depression. In fact, she has decided that the only way out of her current situation is for her to kill herself, or her baby...

A moving and refreshingly honest memoir to finally lift the lid on PND and the mental health problems so many mums face. Full of truth and hope, Something to Live For is a special book about the little discussed realities of the illness - and how Laura overcame it.

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Laura Canty

Laura Canty was diagnosed with acute postnatal depression and was admitted to the Barberry National Centre for Mental Illness mother and baby unit in August 2018. She and her baby Arthur lived there for 10 weeks.

As a result of her gratitude for the treatment she received, Laura now volunteers as an Expert by Experience for the NHS. She also sits on the Perinatal Mental Health Network Group for Gloucestershire, regularly speaking at training sessions and events, and mentors women before their potential admission to a Mother and Baby Unit.

Laura is passionate when it comes to spreading the word about PND which is still a taboo subject despite changing attitudes towards mental health.

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