We Are Pangs was founded in January 2014 by Michelle Bradley, a first-time mother who at the time was struggling with postnatal anxiety and depression.
We began as an online peer support group called PANGS NI which grew very quickly to include hundreds of women from all over Northern Ireland.
As the group grew, it became obvious that many families were struggling and receiving little or no support. It was also clear that it was difficult to find information about what services and supports were available.
In June 2019, we formed as a charity with three priorities in mind:
1. To support parents in their recovery through peer support and other services
2. To educate the wider public about perinatal mental illness to reduce stigma. This includes providing training for professionals to better understand the lived experience of mental illness
3. To campaign for better services in Northern Ireland
Where we are headed
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every parent across Northern Ireland can access timely and appropriate care to help them recover from mental illness.
We aim to do this through a range of projects including growing our province-wide peer support network, hosting training and education events, campaigning for better services, and providing support to our health professionals who work with parents with mental health issues.
We believe in collaboration and work with many other organisations to explore the best ways we can support parents and each other.
For full details on what we are planning for the year ahead, check out our strategic plan.