Today’s focus for Maternal Mental Health Week is – What is Maternal Mental Health?
Please take a look at the photos on this post (Follow link fb.watch) they describe symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety, Antenatal Depression, Postnatal Depression, Perinatal/Maternal OCD and a condition which is an Emergency Postpartum Psychosis.
Many of these conditions have symptoms that cross over with what we think of as ‘Normal’ for pregnant mothers and those with small babies, such as tiredness and feeling overwhelmed but if these symptoms as well as others are impacting on everyday life please seek out help. You can refer to Mental Health Services, speak to your GP, Midwife and/or Health Visitor.
There are also charities and helplines out there such as the NCT Support Helpline on 0300 330 0700 Available from 8am till midnight daily including Bank Holidays.
Mind also has a useful list of organisations that provide support for different conditions. https://www.mind.org.uk/…/postnatal…/useful-contacts/