Following the birth of my children I had postnatal depression and perinatal anxiety which led to me attending Peer Support groups through my local perinatal team.
I’m Claire Baigent, one of the Peer Support Workers for Northumberland Recovery College. I’m originally from Yorkshire but recently moved to Alnwick with my husband and three sons. We are enjoying getting out onto the beautiful beaches and exploring the countryside, and we are all thrilled to be living so close to the real life ‘Hogwarts’!
Following the birth of my children I had postnatal depression and perinatal anxiety which led to me attending Peer Support groups through my local perinatal team. After experiencing first-hand the benefits of peer support, and becoming involved with The PANDAS Foundation, I was then employed by a local charity to set up and facilitate several peer support groups for families going through perinatal mental health issues across South Yorkshire. I’m looking forward to getting out into local communities and setting up some exciting and inspiring activities with Northumberland Recovery College.
In my spare time I love writing letters and journals, getting out into the garden and watching live music.
I created little pigeon characters I had based off of my moods and began to create illustrations with them... I also began to use the pigeons as a way to help me remember self care affirmations and advice, which has since become my regular series “Crumbs of Wisdom”, uploaded to my website and social media every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.