Mental Health Awareness – Useful Links and Contacts

If you’re worried about your physical or mental health, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. If you are in need of urgent medical assistance please call 999, or 111 if you’re concerned for you’re well-being. This page contains some links for the U.K. which may be useful; if you’re outside of the U.K.Continue reading “Mental Health Awareness – Useful Links and Contacts”

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What people expect when you’re expecting

Most people expect you to be happy when you announce you’re pregnant – and probably assume you are absolutely thrilled. I think it’s one of the reasons they don’t ask about your mental health. If they do ask how you’re doing, it can feel like they’re only asking to compare notes. They expect to hearContinue reading “What people expect when you’re expecting”

Ante Natal and Post Natal Depression and Anxiety in Men

Alfie met and married his childhood sweetheart and within a year they’d had a baby girl. He hadn’t always had an easy life but said now he felt his life was complete. Within a few days of his daughter being born, though, he noticed he felt different.  Nothing obvious at first but he was awareContinue reading “Ante Natal and Post Natal Depression and Anxiety in Men”

Mental Wellness for Parents

I was delighted to read in The Guardian recently that a new initiative by the NSPCC has been established to support parents’ mental health during pregnancy and the year following the birth of their child. Recent research reported in The Telegraph suggests that as many as one in three mums-to-be will experience depression in pregnancy.Continue reading “Mental Wellness for Parents”

You are not alone.

My name is Delphi. When I found out I was expecting in 2003, it was a huge shock when my midwife, Zoe, told me she thought I was suffering with poor mental health in pregnancy. It was a shock, because I would have described myself as a cheerful and positive person, delighted to be pregnant. Continue reading “You are not alone.”

The importance of breath

A lot of work is being done to raise awareness of better mental health, but depression continues to carry a stigma with it.  Which is why, when the words depression and pregnancy are mentioned in the same sentence, people find it hard to understand. And yet the growing number of people reporting anxiety, depression and stress-like symptoms whilstContinue reading “The importance of breath”