Although pregnancy and having a baby can be happy times, they are not for every mum. Inevitably, when a mum is distressed, it can be challenging for that mum’s partner, family and friends.
In Pre and Post-Natal Depression Awareness Week, we wanted to signpost you to the help available from the PANDAS Foundation. They have a variety of support services all run by a trained team of volunteers.
You can call their Helpline on 0843 2898401 It is open from 9am-8pm every day.
If you prefer to seek assistance via email, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you within 24 hours.
There is a special Dads club aimed at the partners of mums who are suffering with prenatal or postnatal illness.
There are also local PANDAS Support Groups offering a great opportunity to meet up with others affected by perinatal and postnatal mental illness.
Check out an awareness raising video over on the PANDAS Foundation Facebook page.
It is important for all parents to take care of their physical and mental wellbeing. That might be by taking up exercise or writing down thoughts and feelings. Speaking to your health visitor and midwife is often helpful as they will not be shocked when you say how you are feeling.
You can find out more about postnatal depression on the NHS website.