Police worker talks about her mental health struggles following miscarriage

A police admin officer who works in Devon has opened up about her mental health issues following a devastating miscarriage

Lisa Burnett, from Exeter, told her local news website, Devon Live, that her experience of miscarriage was ‘worse than being diagnosed with cancer’.

The 30-year-old had IVF treatment in March to realise her dream of becoming a mother and even though it initially worked, she had a miscarriage at six weeks.

At the time she said she tried to carry on with work but sometime later the situation ‘hit her like a train’ and she was signed off work.

She was able to talk to her husband, but felt there was little in the way of fertility support groups she could turn to for help.

She said: “I thought it was my fault I had miscarried. I was signed off on sick leave in June because I thought if I can’t look after me how can I look after others in my job?

“I felt like everything was starting to slide and get on top of me. I was losing my concentration and was becoming forgetful. I had previously suffered with my mental health but I didn’t recognise it was happening again. I was snappy, tired and depressed but I wasn’t having suicidal thoughts like I once had in the past.

“I would not wish a miscarriage on anyone; it was 100 times worse than when I had cancer.”

Lisa was diagnosed with skin cancer at the age of 18 and was successfully treated

But it was her diagnosis that triggered her first bout of mental health struggles and prompted her to seek help.

She has worked as a police despatch officer since 2012 and praised her bosses for their support and how far the force has come in terms of mental health support.

Lisa has used her social media pages to highlight her mental health and her role and hopes to breakdown the stigma attached to depression.

She also revealed she is currently having a second round of IVF treatment and revealed she is doing okay, apart from feeling tired from the injections.

She said: “The more we talk about it the more we can help people. We need to look out for each other and stop being negative.”

How was your mental health affected during your IVF treatment? We’d love to hear how you coped and what strategies you put in place to help you on your road to parenthood or ongoing journey, email mystory@ivfbabble.com

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