Who is there to help you?
A brief summary of helpful organisations
Purple Wings Charity
Helping people with a stoma regain confidence and self esteem
The vision of the charity is to help ostomates regain confidence through their Time for Me Grants. This is a tailor made service and is very much based on a relationship built between the person applying for the grant and all of us here at the charity. It might be that a person really needs some ‘me’ time by relaxing at a spa, going on a shopping trip and attending a photo shoot for example.
The Birth Trauma Association
Supporting women, and their families, who have experienced birth trauma
Birth Trauma Association (BTA). A fantastic charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma – a shorthand term for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth.
UK Charity that supports and empowers people with a stoma
Colostomy UK is a charity that SUPPORTS and EMPOWERS people living with a stoma. They're here if you have questions, need support or just want to talk to someone who lives with a stoma.
They also run projects to empower ostomates to return to sports, hobbies and other interests and give them the confidence to take up fresh challenges. Advocates for ostomates’ rights and their voice on the bigger issues. Their campaigns raise awareness and encourage organisations to make their facilities more inclusive. Supporting and enhancing ostomates wellbeing is at the core of everything the charity do.
Providing advice and support to empower and support anyone experiencing a mental health problem
"When you're experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life. That's what we do. We empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them through the following:
Our Infoline, which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call.
Our Legal Line, which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
Our award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard."
The Masic Foundation
Supporting mothers who have suffered from 3rd/4th degree tears in chidlbirth
"The MASIC Foundation aims to reduce the incidence of birth injury as well as helping new mothers who may be suffering in silence from its symptoms which are too often hidden in society. These issues are crucial to the future wellbeing of women and their families, which I strongly support.” Baroness Cumberlege, Head of the National Maternity Review
A community offering peer-to-peer support for people affected by perinatal mental illness
This is a different sort of organisation, which operates as a community, offering peer-to-peer support for you, your family and your network. There are various ways you can access their support, through their FREE helpline, Email support, Support groups, social media and Facebook. A lot of their focus is on PND - post natal depression , covering prenatal depression, postnatal depression, anxiety, birth trauma.
A Bear Named Buttony
Helping children and young people with a stoma
A Bear Named Buttony supports children and young people who have a stoma.
For children, they gift a bear with a stoma, a book and for young adults, a wash bag full of non-medical items to help adjust to life with a stoma.
The Charity aim to offer positive support and have an active Facebook page where you can get support from other parents who may have a similar question or concern.