If you are struggling with your mental health or motherhood in general or both, or just want to have a chat about things then please take a look at these resources. I know from own experience how isolating mental illness and motherhood at times can be and how you feel there is no one to talk to, BUT trust me there is.
There are so many people who have been through similar feelings and thoughts as you, and there is plenty of help available whether you want to see someone face to face, talk online or telephone or just read about other peoples experiences
I hope that you find these resources useful and if you find any new ones that you think would be helpful for people then please let me know and I can add them.
If you live in the UK and are looking for extra support or advice urgently, there are a number of services you can approach:
Talk to a health professional e.g your own GP, midwife or health visitor Accident and Emergency at your local hospital Emergency services, ambulance, tel: 999 Samaritans tel: 116 123 (free to call and will not appear on the phone bill) www.samaritans.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Is a charity based in the south west whose aim is to support families through depression and anxiety related to pregnancy and birth.
They offer a range of support including 1:1 buddy system, 11 week therapeutic programme and an emotional wellbeing hub with childcare for under 2s during sessions.
This is a postnatal depression support group based in Bristol, South gloucestershire and BANES and they provide drop in sessions, counselling and much more.
There helpline number is 0117 975 6006
The PANDAS Foundation is to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.
They have a wealth of information on their website, as well local support groups.
Mind is national charity for all things mental health, they have useful information about signs and symptoms of postnatal depression, where to get help and different treatments available. As well as local groups you can contact.
Even if you don't know your GP that well, its important to go and talk with them if you are struggling with your mental health. You can talk through how you are feeling and possible treatment that you may wish to try.
Another person to talk to would be your health visitor, I know sometimes it might seem difficult as you feel they are there to check on baby, but they are just as much there to support you as a mum too, and have a wealth of knowledge.
Social Media Support
Join Rosey and lots of other amazing PND survivors and medical experts on Twitter every Wed night 8-9pm BST for #pndhour.
This is a blog based on interview series about motherhood and mental health. People share their stories about mental health. Useful to help feel that your not alone.
Another amazing blog written by Laura about her experiences with perinatal mental illness along with lots of helpful techniques and tips to get you through the day.
I hope you have found this resources page useful, personally when I whenver I am struggling I always find it comforting to know that there are others out there going through the same thing or even better have come out the other side and survived.
You are also more than welcome to message me on the facebook page, instagram, or email me.