Maternal mental ill health can seem a complex and daunting prospect but it is far more common than you may think with every 1 in 10 new mothers experiencing some form of depression or anxiety.
Research is now showing that parental depression and anxiety can have a long term impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing, however the good news is that these affects can be overcome with good support.
This website is easy to read and gives practical advice on how to cope and where to go for support in the local area.
However, don’t forget that you can always talk to your health visitor about how you are feeling. If your child is under 1 year, your health visitor will be able to offer additional listening visits to help support you and your baby.
We also run our ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You groups’ (KMKY) for mothers in the perinatal period who are suffering with mild to moderate depression/anxiety. Mums really value the support they receive from their health visiting teams and in a recent audit 85% of woman scored their listening visits or attendance at a KMKY group as 8 out of 10 in being effective in improving their mood. Please don’t suffer in silence – ask for help