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From Princess Diana, to Megan Gale and Adele: These are the celebrity mums bravely speaking out about their postnatal depression

''I want other mums who are struggling to know.''

By Maddison Leach
The world has gotten a lot better at talking about mental health in the last few years, but there's one topic so many people still avoid.
Postnatal depression (PND), also known as postpartum depression or the "baby blues", is still surrounded by stigma even in 2021.
Mums-to-be are nervous about asking about the condition, while new mums experiencing it often stay quiet about their struggles.
That's why celebrity mums are using their platforms to share their own experiences and break the barrier of silence around PND.
Just yesterday Dana Stephensen, who is engaged to and shares two daughters with Purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie, opened up about her own PND battle.
Sharing a photo of her twins Lottie and Lulu to Instagram, Dana wrote: "Very early on I was diagnosed with severe postnatal depression and anxiety.
"Naturally, this altered the lens through which I was seeing the world and my capabilities, not to mention the guilt and shame that comes with feeling these truly awful feelings when it 'should' be the happiest time of your life."
The dancer went on to say that for the first year she really struggled to cope with caring for her twins without extra help.

Fortunately fiancé Lachy and Dana's mum stepped in to support her, but she noted that many mums suffer alone when it comes to PND.
"People close to me will say I coped extremely well under unprecedented circumstances, but my internal experience felt like one of failure," she penned.
But she had some comforting words of advice for other mums too: "There are still more tears than I would like, my heart still races. My nerves on edge. But I manage.
"It's taken time and tears to get here, I want other mums who are struggling to know that.
"Time and the right support are everything in helping you be the mother you know you can be."
As we continue to break down the stigma that still surrounds PND, we're celebrating the brave celebrity mums who have shared their own experiences.
From Dana, to Megan Gale and Jess Rowe, these are the mums ending the silence on Postnatal Depression.
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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