James Akinyemi

I'm running to support my wife's recovery from depression after child birth. My wife happens to be my biggest inspiration and my most encouraging champion. So it's time to talk about the mental health issues and depression.

Best Beginnings was chosen to be part of the ‪#‎HeadsTogether‬ campaign because of the support and information we offer through their projects and resources, including their free Baby Buddy app created to support women to keep mentally and physically healthy during pregnancy and beyond.

Seven out of 10 women will hide or underplay the severity of their perinatal mental health illness and so they will not receive the help and support they need. This can have devastating consequences. Tragically, suicide is the leading cause of death during pregnancy and the year after birth.

Two in 10 women will develop a mental health illness during pregnancy and the year after birth. Yet, not all of these women will receive the support they require.

We are working to change this by influencing policy, working with and training healthcare professionals and community champions, providing free resources to parents including Baby Buddy, raising awareness and funds and ending the stigma.

Help me support an amazing cause that is close to my heart and Let's break the stigma of mental health once and for all.

James Akinyemi