A SINGLE mum who suffered from post natal depression says her life was turned around after she set up her own business.
Kathryn Davidson suffered from post natal depression (PND) after having her son Oli 18 months ago.
After a series of problems in her work and personal life, as well as a number of medical issues, she ended up in emergency accommodation in Penryn.
“I didn’t have anywhere suitable to go,” said the former primary school teacher.
“It was a real struggle.”
Ms Davidson, from Falmouth, suffered from an underactive thyroid, which left her with depression and fatigue and compounded the symptoms of PND.
“I couldn't really relax and enjoy Oli as I was just worrying about everything all the time,” she said.
“I couldn’t sleep properly, or concentrate on anything. I felt isolated on my own with him and became slightly withdrawn from socialising.”
After joining a six-week course run by counselling service Outlook South West, her life was transformed.
“One of the things they told me was the get a hobby.”
Her pasttime of making artwork out of buttons turned into a business.
She received advice and support from the Outset Cornwall program and opened Little Cornish Button.
“It was a real turning point. It changed everything because I found something that I enjoyed and could fit around Oli.
“Other people started admiring what I was doing so it got my self esteem up. People were saying really nice things.”
Ms Davidson started socialising with other self employed people and became part of a network.
“Self employment has been really helpful for my health. It’s the best it’s ever been.
“I don’t have to work. I could claim benefits for the next two years. But I have chosen not to.
“I cannot imagine my life without it now. I would have a massive hole in my life.”