Family Lives response to Wandsworth's 'Nappy Valley' mother Felicia Boots admits killing her own children

“With the tragic news today that Felicia Boots has admitted to killing her two children on the grounds of diminished responsibility; it is clear that parental depression can have devastating knock-on effects for the whole family. Much greater awareness of the occurrence of depression not just in mothers, but also fathers, and a greater understanding of the most at-risk groups is key to ensuring such tragedies are reduced in the future.  Although postnatal depression (PND) is a condition normally associated with mums, it has being increasingly observed in dads in recent years.  The pressures of parenting, increased responsibility at home, financial worries and the pressures to be the perfect parent can have a real impact on the health and wellbeing of the whole family. Any parent who feels they cannot cope should call Family Lives’ Free and Confidential Helpline on 0808 800 2222 or chat to a Live Online Support Worker via “

Claire Walker, Director of Policy & Communications, Family Lives


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