Scottish songstress Sandi Thom is releasing a new single for Mothers Day about her battle with Pre and Postnatal Depression.
If you don’t know the name, then you’ll certainly know the song that sent Sandi Thom into the realms of international stardom. Her debut single, I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) topped the UK Singles Chart in 2006 earning Sandi the title of fifth biggest selling single of that year, and went on to be a double platinum record topping the charts in Australia for an incredible 10 weeks at number 1.
Sandi then went on to release five studio albums and is set to release her latest offering Ghosts this autumn, her first album since the birth of her son Logan last year.
Sandi’s new single, Tightrope, captures the inner turmoil that saw her teetering dangerously on the edge for well over six months whilst being ill with both pre and postnatal depression. Sandi explains what the illness felt like to her; “I felt like I was slipping into a dark hole that I was never going to escape from”.
Sandi is passionate that parents should not suffer alone and will be donating all of the profits from the single to PANDAS Foundation – one of the very few charities in the UK that supports those affected with postnatal depression and other perinatal mental illnesses.
Sandi says that she’s ready to do whatever she can to raise awareness for an illness that is still very much a taboo subject: “I don’t think women feel they can be open about the illness and, therefore, try to push it back. I hope to help PANDAS allow women to be more open and potentially we could save lives, because sadly it is the leading direct cause for maternal deaths in the UK.”
Donna Collins, Managing Director, PANDAS Foundation said; “PANDAS Foundation is so excited to have been chosen by Sandi to benefit from her immense talents as a songwriter and performer. Although writing ‘Tightrope’ was a very personal experience for Sandi, many parents across the UK and indeed the world, will feel the lyrics resonate with their own feelings and emotions whilst battling with a pre or postnatal mental illness. Those feelings of losing control, feeling lost, lonely and walking a tight line between functioning and struggling are so familiar to many, but in her bravery of opening up and talking honestly it reiterates why no one should feel shame about their illness. So that they ultimately talk to someone and get the help and support they need. We are proud to have Sandi Thom as an ambassador for our charity, helping us to spread awareness of pre and postnatal mental illnesses.”
Tightrope is released on Friday 24th March, and available to pre-order now.