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Mums, we deserve more than crumbs!

Throughout my life, I was told I could be whoever and do whatever I wanted. And I did, for most of my 20s and 30s. Then I became a mum.

 

Suddenly, all those choices disappeared. Suddenly, I started to disappear... Every decision seemed to revolve around my child, and every piece of advice I received was centred on them, not me. I felt like I had lost myself, like I didn't have a say in my own life anymore.

 

I know I'm not alone in feeling this way.

 

Many of us mothers are made to believe that we should be grateful simply because we wanted to have kids. We're told that as long as our babies are healthy, we should be happy. But beneath the surface, there's a reality that's often overlooked.

 

Postnatal depression affects one in five of us. Maternal suicide rates have tripled over the past decade, and the World Health Organisation has now confirmed that suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. These aren't just numbers; they're cries for help from mothers who are struggling, silently and alone.

 

Mums, we deserve better.

 

We deserve a society that respects us, acknowledges our sacrifices, and addresses the unique challenges we face. We deserve healthcare tailored to our needs and workplaces that support us as both mothers and individuals. We deserve communities that offer understanding without judgment and provide a safety net when we need it most. And above all, we deserve to feel safe – in our homes, in our communities, everywhere we go.

 

Knowing what we deserve is one thing, but taking action is more important.

 

Over four years ago, I founded "Villagehood Australia," a grassroots charity addressing maternal mental health with the mission to empower mothers in the early years, connecting them to communities and safeguarding their mental well-being.

 

And following the tragic loss of four mothers to suicide a couple of years ago, I became an even louder advocate for maternal mental health. I've engaged with politicians from all sides, advocating for better support and crafting proposals for change.


Every effort, from briefings to community programs, brings us closer to our vision for a better system.

 

I understand that advocacy isn't for everyone. But for those who share my fire, who 'refuse to accept what is not acceptable', please let me know who you are, and I will reach out for a coffee and a chat!

 

United and especially organised, we can elevate our voices and demand more than crumbs, advocating for policies that reflect our needs and priorities.


My plan is to assemble a team of passionate mothers skilled in event planning, policy making, and stakeholder engagement. Together, we'll engage in community consultations, gathering insights to shape policy changes. Our first priority will be maternal health and with a comprehensive platform in hand, we'll launch a campaign to ensure our voices resonate with policymakers at all levels of government.

  

I look forward to connecting with you



Being seen is no longer enough. It's time to be heard and have our demands met. And it starts with us...

Dinah




 

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