Maternal Mental Health Awareness 

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

About Delphi Ellis

Qualified Counsellor, Mental Health and Well-Being Trainer, and Mindfulness Practitioner. Creator of Monday Mojo™. Talks 'Lady Business', raising awareness of factors which predominantly affect Women's Mental Health like pregnancy and domestic abuse. Helping to improve the global conversation, and bring an end to stigma and shaming. Dream Explorer as seen on the telly. Avid tea drinker.

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