Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression
Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression is a series of 5 films highlighting personal stories of perinatal mental health issues. Animation is combined with personal testimony to give honesty and power to the narratives of 5 parents who have endured the trauma, fear and anxiety of mental distress before ultimately finding a way through. This series was produced by Mosaic Films for Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.
‘Mike’s story’ explores the challenge of watching your partner transform into a different person, overcome with anxiety and insomnia. How do you support your wife, hold down a job and look after your newborn baby as all sense of normality collapses around you?
‘Katie’s story’ explores the life of a young mum trying to overcome a difficult past and build a brighter future for herself and her child as she battles her way through depression and difficult relationships.
‘Abby’s story’ recounts her experience of falling into severe depression in pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter, and her journey back towards a happy and fulfilled motherhood.
‘Tiff’s story’ conveys something of the feelings that she experienced whilst suffering from perinatal depression, and tells her story of how she made it out the other side.
‘Andrea’s story’ captures her experience of postpartum psychosis; a descent from the joy of a new baby into terror, confusion, euphoria and the long road back from deep depression.
Exec Producer and Series Editor: Andy Glynne
Series Producer: George Sander-Jackson
Animation Directors and Design: George Sander-Jackson, Sally Arthur, Mr Binns, Lucy Izzard & Magda Osinska
Assistant Producers: Molly Bond & Anna Meyer-Blankenburg
Sound & Music: Alex Parsons
Produced by Mosaic Films for Wellcome Trust and Maudsley Charity