Mildura Weekly : Friday November 21 2014 Vol 9 No 3
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 MILDURA’S Shantelle Thomp- son is a martial arts champion at world level, and a sharing, caring and loving wife and mother of three - but there was a time not so many years ago that she considered ending it all by driving in front of a truck! It’s the admission of a strong woman, a Pan-Pacific dual gold medallist known as ‘The Barkindji Warrior,’ and who is opening up her heart to raise community awareness of Post-Natal Depression. It’s a serious mental health and anxiety issue that informed sources say affects at least one in seven mothers out of the 1000 annual births at Mildura Base Hospital, and Shan- telle’s aim is to help young Mums - and their families - get through a tough time in their lives. The 31-year-old has is- sued an open invitation for people to join her for morning tea at 10am today, at the Mallee Dis- trict Aboriginal Services hall at 112 Orange Avenue, to share her story of survival in the hope of reducing a perceived stigma of mental health is- sues, and create a greater awareness of PND. If a recent ABC radio interview with Shantelle is any indication, hers is a story worth listening to, a candid, sometimes frightening insight into what some new Mums are faced with during what is supposed to be one of the greatest moments of their life. Hers is a journey that is travelled by an estimated 150 young mothers an- nually in the Mildura area alone, and many thousands Australia-wide. Shantelle became a mother at 23, with daughter Nacinta. She had no idea at that stage the symptoms or effects of PND...only that some- thing wasn’t right. She wasn’t deliri- ous with the joy shared by most new Mums, and in her words, “struggled, surviving on a day-by-day basis.” Throwing herself into her work helped, with time away from her new-born giving her breathing space, but Shantelle knew deep down she was only running away. Then along came the twins, Jaida and Soane in 2009, and happiness turned to anxiety with an hour- and-a-half between the births, compounded with the breach birth of Soane. The pressure built. They were both big kids, demand- ing, wanting to be fed every half-hour, not off the breast for the first eight months, and wanting to be attached to Shan- telle 24/7. Worse still, the twins wouldn’t settle unless they were on their stomach. Shantelle had lost a younger sister to cot death at just three months, and this played on her mind constantly. She couldn’t sleep, couldn’t go to the gym, couldn’t work, couldn’t func- tion properly. When she did drift off to sleep it didn’t last long...she would wake up in the middle of a horrendous night- mare. There were terrible visions of her harming her kids. The visions would leave her gasping for air...she couldn’t breathe. It takes a strong woman to share a world of mental anguish, depression and anxiety...a world where speaks from the heart, offering support, hope and guidance to young Mums in her position. Coming back email@example.com By Alan Erskine In Sickness & in Health In Sickness & in Health • DOING US PROUD: Shantelle with the family on her graduation from Deakin University – the end of 10 years study to achieve her degree, a Bachelor of Teaching/Arts, and RIGHT, the new-born twins. Wingara Wine Group will be holding another famous wine sale with great bargains across their extensive portfolio. Export stock, Cleanskin stock and superseded brands to clear. Come and get some great Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity with hundreds of cases from only $20. Tasting will be available.
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