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”

Maternal Mental Health Awareness 

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. If you or someone you know are worried about mental health during or after pregnancy,Continue reading “Maternal Mental Health Awareness “

Pregnancy Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy Awareness Week

In 2004 I started this unique website dedicated to the topic of depression in pregnancy; at the time there was almost nothing known of it. Information by PANDA (a great resource from Australia) says up to 1 in 10 pregnant women are affected, but the research now suggests its closer to 1 in 3, and itContinue reading “Pregnancy Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy Awareness Week”

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”