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Returning to work—with postnatal depression

feat. Mel Murphy, People Lead at birdie

In this episode...

Mel couldn’t remember the first six months of her son’s life. In a blur of intrusive thoughts and postnatal depression, she’d thrown herself into work, living on Slack and locked away in her office. And then she burnt out.

Therapy and the right medication helped her find balance—and then she set out to make sure other working parents didn’t have to go through the same thing.

You’ll hear how Mel managed her PTSD & postnatal depression, why lockdown was one of the best things that happened to her, and how companies can properly support people taking parental leave.

About the guest

Straight out of school, Mel Murphy joined a tech startup and never looked back. She has over a decade of experience in the tech-for-good industry and now looks after the team at birdie as their People Lead.

As a second generation immigrant, she’s keen to hear more diverse voices joining the conversation about mental health and medication.

About Oliva

Oliva is the UK & Europe's #1 rated employee mental wellbeing benefit.

We help companies respond to the pivotal moments that impact mental wellbeing at work and beyond—driving employee retention and exceptional effort.

We do this by:

  • Empowering individuals to take control of their mental wellbeing
  • Developing manager emotional intelligence
  • Helping HR teams create org-wide psychological safety