May 1-7 is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. At least 1 in 10 women will suffer from poor mental health during their pregnancy, in fact some studies say it’s many more than that.
We also know that at least the same number of women can develop post-natal depression. We are raising awareness of Maternal Mental Health Awareness this week (and World Maternal Mental Health Day, 3rd May).
If you or someone you know are worried about mental health during or after pregnancy, the following resources may be helpful:
NHS Choices – pregnancy and mental health : http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/mental-health-problems-pregnant.aspx
NHS Choices – post-natal depression : http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Postnataldepression/Pages/Introduction.aspx
“Finding the words to ask for help” video by Mind: https://youtu.be/Dqb-n_L5hIA
Heads Together’s Tips for Talking: http://headstogether.org.uk/tipsfortalking
Frequently Asked Questions: https://pregnancymentalhealth.net/frequently-asked-questions/
Mind information leaflet: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/postnatal-depression-and-perinatal-mental-health/
Samaritans: 116 123 (UK) http://Samaritans.org