Letters of Light New Zealand

 

A global project sending hand written letters of support from mums with lived experience of maternal mental health to mums currently suffering with theirs.

 

What is a Letter of Light?

A Letter of Light is a letter of support written by a mum with lived experience to a mum currently suffering with her mental health. It is a compassionate letter the mum can open and read when she feels ready and in need of a little light. It is a letter she can share with loved ones if it helps start a conversation about how she is feeling. And a letter to keep at hand to be able to read when the darkness becomes too much and she just needs someone to turn the light on.

As women with lived experience of maternal mental health, we know that there is nothing so powerful as words from someone who has walked in our shoes. Someone who has been where we are and lived through it.

Words of encouragement from a fellow mum who has shared a similar path makes us feel less alone, less isolated and in return, hopeful that we too will be in their shoes one day. Thus being, well and feeling empowered that we deserve the right to enjoy motherhood..

This is the sentiment behind The Letters of Light project. To connect mums who have recovered from their maternal mental health illness with mums currently suffering. To help shed some light in the darkness thousands of mums are currently trying to navigate their way through.

 

How to Get Involved

Become an “Author of Light”

Mums with experience of a maternal mental health illness to put pen to paper and help offer a hand through the darkness with their own letter of light. All letters will be sent to Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury, collected and reviewed and then issued to mums suffering with a maternal mental health illness across NZ. We will be working with a number of organisations supporting mums across the NZ to ensure as many mums as possible receive their very own Letter of Light”.

Become an “Ambassador of Light”

Do you work with mums suffering with their maternal mental health? Do you run a maternal mental health organisation or charity? Are you a maternal mental health professional? Are you a maternal mental health advocate working within the community? If so, I would love to hear from you if you feel the mums you work with could benefit from receiving these incredibly special letters of support as part of our Letters of Light Project.

 

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