Celebrities join BBC 5 live for Mums And Mental Health event in Blackpool

The emphasis will be firmly on sharing our experiences in a warm, frank and positive environment, and helping people find that support they needAnna Foster, 5 live presenter
Date: 09.11.2017     Last updated: 09.11.2017 at 15.49
Celebrities Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Humes and Giovanna Fletcher will join BBC 5 live presenter Anna Foster to host the UK’s biggest conversation about mums and mental health at an event at Blackpool Tower later this month (28 November 1-3pm).

Mums everywhere are invited to come along or join in online. Free tickets are available now via BBC Audiences

The invited presenters have all been very public about their own, sometimes difficult, experiences of having babies and becoming mums.

They will all be part of the 5 live Mum Takeover, which is also supported by Netmums, Better Start Blackpool and Maternal Mental Health Alliance.

Discussions on the day will range from post-natal depression and anxiety, to work/life balance and tackling loneliness.

5 live’s Anna Foster will host the day, supported by the celebrity presenters who will quiz the experts and hear contributions from the audience and people getting in touch online.

Mum Takeover supporters Netmums, the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Better Start Blackpool will be represented on a panel of experts alongside a Government representative and mum-of-one, DJ and Broadcaster Neev Spencer, who’s worked with the Heads Together Campaign.

TV presenter Rochelle Humes, Former X Factor contestant and Loose Women presenter Stacey Solomon, and popular blogger and author Giovanna Fletcher will be doing everything from fielding questions from the audience to hosting digital films.

The day will also be supported by a range of social media influencers, including Hurrah For Gin, Tired And Tested and The Motherload.

The entire event will be live streamed via BBC Facebook accounts, and BBC 5 live will dip in and out of the day’s proceedings on air throughout the afternoon. The Mum Takeover will use the hashtag #mumtakeover, and 5 live will be taking the discussion online too.

Mother-of-two Anna Foster co-presents 5 live Drive every weekday from 4pm-7pm. She says: "I know from experience how important it is to look after mothers' mental health, and how challenging that can be. We know that early intervention is vital, but so often women are scared to share their fears, or simply don't know where to find really good practical support that could stop small problems getting much worse.

“The emphasis will be firmly on sharing our experiences in a warm, frank and positive environment, and helping people find that support they need. I know it'll be a great day."

Rochelle Humes says: “This is such an important conversation for the UK to have. Being a mum isn’t always easy and sometimes women can feel they’re not allowed to say they’re struggling. This event is all about mums being open about the day-to-day challenges and helping each other look for support. I’m really excited to be a part of it.”

Stacey Solomon has two boys. She experienced post-natal depression after having her first child aged 18 and made a documentary for BBC Three about it. “I was so young that I did not realise what was happening to me, that it wasn’t normal. I wish someone had told me where I could turn to and only wish there’d been something like the Mum Takeover for me to go to.”

The event will be in the Circus Room, Blackpool Tower. Tickets are available via BBC Audiences. They are free and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The 5 live Mum Takeover is part of BBC 5 live’s year-long State Of Mind campaign, covering a range of mental health issues.

Apply for tickets now to the BBC Radio 5 live Mum Takeover here

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This release was amended on 9 November to include further information from contributors and updated links

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