So being able to do something I loved in my spare time helped me negotiate my own path to good mental health during the first year of COVID. So, every night, when my son was in bed, I’d whip out notebooks and laptop and write, write, write. Working with clinical psychologist Dr Emma Cotterill, drafting the book took about a year, but eventually ‘Surviving Solo Motherhood’ was born!
Whether you’re single by choice or not, becoming a single mother is mentally exhausting – it was even more so during the lockdowns! In a world where negative stereotypes are still rife, it can be difficult to ask for help. This is where ‘Surviving Solo Motherhood’ steps in, offering emotional support to single mothers as they navigate this whole new world.
Emma and I drew on the lived experiences of the single parent community and looked closely at the effect single-parent life can have on mental health. Each chapter focuses on a different emotional state, and includes the personal stories of a wide range of single mothers from various backgrounds, as well as psychological support and tools.