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 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?

Exec Producer and Series Editor: Andy Glynne
Series Producer: George Sander-Jackson
Animation Director & Design: Mr Binns
Assistant Producers: Molly Bond & Anna Meyer-Blankenburg
Sound & Music: Alex Parsons

 

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.

Exec Producer and Series Editor: Andy Glynne
Series Producer: George Sander-Jackson
Animation Director & Design: Lucy Izzard
Assistant Producers: Molly Bond & Anna Meyer-Blankenburg
Sound & Music: Alex Parsons

 

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.

Exec Producer and Series Editor: Andy Glynne
Series Producer: George Sander-Jackson
Animation Director & Design: George Sander-Jackson
Assistant Producers: Molly Bond & Anna Meyer-Blankenburg
Sound & Music: Alex Parsons

 

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.

Exec Producer and Series Editor : Andy Glynne
Series Producer : George Sander-Jackson
Animation Director & Design : Sally Arthur
Assistant Producers : Molly Bond & Anna Meyer-Blankenburg
Sound & Music : Alex Parsons

 

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.

Series Producer : George Sander-Jackson
Animation Director & Design : Magda Osinska
Assistant Producers : Molly Bond & Anna Meyer-Blankenburg
Sound & Music : Alex Parsons