Postpartum psychosis: Adele spotted her friend’s illness

Singer Adele and Laura Dockrill

Adele’s best friend says the singer was the first one to spot her postpartum psychosis.

Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year.

“She recognised it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect what I might have,” Laura told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

The serious mental illness affects one in one thousand mums and can lead to hallucinations after giving birth.

Laura said: “The last six months can only be described as hell, it’s been the worst time of my life.”

She says her symptoms were “insomnia, delusions, suspiciousness and paranoia”, and has written a blog post to share her experience with mums who might be going through the same thing.

Adele shared Laura’s story and described it as “intimate and heartbreaking”.  More

Barnsley write supportive letter to fan who spoke of depression on social media

Barnsley have written a supportive letter to a lifelong fan who openly discussed his depression and anxiety on social media.

Chris Ryder received the letter from the club’s chief executive Gauthier Ganaye and posted it on Twitter.

Mr Ganaye said his “office door is always open” and the League One club would be “returning the favour” in support for his loyalty as a fan.

Ryder told the BBC he was “shocked” to receive the letter from the club.  More

England work placements for BAME coaches

England manager Gareth Southgate with some of his coaching team at the 2018 World Cup

Black and minority ethnic coaches (BAME) will be offered work placements with senior England teams to help increase diversity in football.

It is one of the measures outlined by the Football Association in a new equality action plan.

The FA said in January it was working on plans to increase equality in the organisation and the wider sport.

“We want the FA to reflect modern society in this country,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said.

“It will not happen overnight, but this is a significant step in the right direction to make football more equal, more diverse and more inclusive for all.”

The three-year action plan, called In Pursuit of Progress, puts forward a range of measures and targets it wants to hit by 2021.  More