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”

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”

Sarah’s Story

Below is a real life article which has been submitted for publication with kind permission of the author and the copyright is owned by this website.  Please do not use the content of any of these articles without express permission of Depression-in-pregnancy.org.  Unfortunately we cannot endorse the content of any third party websites to which this articleContinue reading “Sarah’s Story”

Delphi’s Story

I married young at the age of 19, exactly a year after my father passed away.   I kept my promise to my dad to marry, much to the nervousness of my mother who said it would never work. At the age of 20 I had a planned, and blissfully uneventful, pregnancy giving birth toContinue reading “Delphi’s Story”