History of Nurture Charity

Irene doing a bag packing fundraiser

Irene doing a bag packing fundraiser

Nurture is a nationwide Irish registered charity established early 2011 by Irene Lowry & Lillian McGowan to offer affordable, accessible professional supports to women experiencing maternal mental health issues.

Nurture’s aim is to “Get women back to positive emotional well being”. Nurture supports the partners and families, we understand and recognise that family life can be absolutely shattered by illnesses such as post natal depression, post traumatic stress disorder, baby blues, postpartum psychosis, depression during pregnancy, IVF disappointment, infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages, neonatal deaths and premature births.

Nurture’s Founder & CEO Irene Lowry is an accredited member of the I.A.C.P (Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and has her own counselling practice in North Co. Dublin. In 2010 her colleagues experienced the tragic loss of two young mothers battling post natal depression who died through suicide. These mothers were listed on the public HSE waiting lists for counselling over nine months waiting to see a counsellor. A wait of 9 months in most cases is too long and unfortunately in that time without professional intervention these mothers formed a suicide plan and left three very young children behind them, devastating their partners and families. It is important to note that this is not the norm when experiencing post natal depression with professional help a mother can be really well. Early intervention and education is key to a woman’s success in battling these illnesses.

Nurture offers in house training to all their accredited counsellors in the specific areas of maternal mental health they work with. Nurture is part funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention for the day to day administration of the charity. It is also heavily reliant on generous donations from the public to keep it’s support services operational.

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