Blue Stories

Tuesday 25 May 2021

If you or someone you know has experienced pregnancy, you might know about perinatal depression. 

Perinatal depression is defined as maternal depression experienced anytime from conception until the end of the first year of an infant’s life. The consequences of perinatal depression can be severe. For example, suicide is the leading cause of maternal mortality in New Zealand.  

Local artist Karolina Gorton is on a mission to raise awareness of perinatal depression and to highlight the positive stories of women who found a way through their experience of perinatal depression. In collaboration with Perinatal Support Nelson, and funded by the Nelson City Creative Communities Scheme, Tasman District Creative Communities Scheme and a Lottery Community Grant, Karolina has created an intimate series of portraits which will be exhibited at Richmond Library from June 5 until July 1. 

The Blue Stories Project: Sharing Stories of Getting Out of Perinatal Depression provides insight into the experience of perinatal depression and provides guidance and support for those who are currently experiencing perinatal depression. 

The launch of Blue Stories is at Richmond Library on Saturday 5 June at 10.30am. It is free to attend and everyone is welcome. 

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