post natal depression help...

25th February 2016


25th February 2016


Although having a baby is a joyous time for many parents, for 1 in 10 mums, like Hannah, being pregnant or having a baby can bring about mental he health illnesses. Many women feel completely alone and too embarrassed to share their true feelings.Hannah started to feel overwhelmed immediately after the birth of her son, Noah. Her anxiety soon turned into panic attacks. She started to question if she was a good enough mother and compare herself to other parents

“I felt very isolated and hugely overwhelmed by being a new mum. It made me question how capable I was to look after my son. It affected the relationship I had with my family.”

Hannah, 31, went to see her GP who diagnosed her with postnatal depression and prescribed her anti-depressants, however Hannah started to develop health anxieties around taking them. She discovered Bluebell Care Trust online, a charity that provides support and one-to-one outreach to mums and dads who experience pre or postnatal depression. The Bluebell Care Trust, a charity in her area which receives money raised through Sport Relief.

“It’s invaluable to be able to meet with a mum and tell her honestly that you do understand how she’s feeling but, more importantly, be able to say that I’ve been in that place once and you do get better.

Hannah is now a Bluebell Buddy – a peer-to-peer support worker. She carries out home visits and says being able to tell mothers she understands what they’re going through, and reassure them that they will get better, is vital to helping parents regain control of their lives.

That's why today, Hannah and other other mums and dads previously affected by maternal mental health problems will share their experiences on Twitter @sportrelief #MumTalk. We encourage you to join the conversation.

Cash raised through Sport Relief has been funding maternal mental health projects in the UK since 2010, allowing women like Hannah, and families across the UK to access specialist support when they need it.

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