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Eastenders, Stacey and postpartum psychosis

One of the biggest stories in soaps right now involves the long standing and much loved Eastenders' character Stacey Branning's experience of postpartum psychosis after the birth of her second child. 

Stories like these in soaps are a great opportunity to increase awareness and remove stigma around mental health.

That's why the actors and producers from Eastenders have been working closely with Mind and Bipolar UK to ensure that the story reflects real people's experience of postpartum psychosis.

"We are pleased EastEnders is tackling another important, often misunderstood, mental health problem. Although very rare, postpartum psychosis is an incredibly serious illness that can affect a woman with or without pre-existing mental health problems just after birth."

Read more from Mind's Head of Media, Alison Kerry, in Radio Times.

What is postpartum psychosis?

This is a serious, but rare, psychiatric illness, occurring in less than one in 1,000 births. It is similar in some ways to bipolar disorder. If you are diagnosed with this disorder, you may experience the following symptoms:

Is it the same as puerperal psychosis or postnatal psychosis?

Yes, postpartum, puerperal and postnatal are all just words for 'after childbirth'.

Is postpartum psychosis part of bipolar?

No, postpartum psychosis is a separate condition. However you are more likely to develop it if you have an existing diagnosis of bipolar, as Stacey does.

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Kathryn's experience

Kathryn has been involved in our work with Eastenders, sharing her experience with the Lacey Turner (who plays Stacey) and the producers of the show.

Here she vlogs about what it felt like to develop postpartum psychosis and how she got the treatment she needed to recover.

Useful contacts

If you'd like to find out more about postpartum psychosis, see our info.

These organisations can also be able to provide information and support on postpartum psychosis:

For more organisations that can support you with pregnancy and mental health generally see  our useful contacts.

 

Psychosis

Psychosis can be a part of many different mental health problems.

Find out more about

  • what it's like to live with psychosis
  • what the causese are 
  • treatments for psychosis
  • how friends and family can help

> More info on psychosis

Creating the story

Jenni from Mind's media team blogs about working with Eastenders to advise on the storyline and how her own experience helped to shape it.

Read Jenni's blog

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