Emma Is Trained in Understanding Mental health, Mindfulness practitioning, Mindfulness and alternative therapies and counselling skills for depression level 3. Emma is also trained as a Mental health First aider by Mental Health First Aid England .
My Aim is to offer support and signposting to ensure no one has to suffer with their Mental health alone, and that everyone can access the services that they need to improve their wellbeing.
Signs and Symptoms of Postnatal Depression / Postpartum depression (www.nhs.uk)
Symptoms of postnatal depression
Many women feel a bit down, tearful or anxious in the first week after giving birth. This is often called the “baby blues” and is so common that it’s considered normal. The “baby blues” don’t last for more than two weeks after giving birth.
If your symptoms last longer or start later, you could have postnatal depression. Postnatal depression can start any time in the first year after giving birth.
Signs that you or someone you know might be depressed include:
- a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
- lack of enjoyment and loss of interest in the wider world
- lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
- trouble sleeping at night and feeling sleepy during the day
- difficulty bonding with your baby
- withdrawing from contact with other people
- problems concentrating and making decisions
- frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby
Many women don’t realise they have postnatal depression, because it can develop gradually. (www.nhs.uk)
Other Women (or Men) May suffer from;
*Antenatal Depression / Anxiety
During or after pregnancy, Its really important to speak up if you feel that you or your partner / friend/ family member are suffering.
Don’t feel that you are on your own if you are feeling like this, 1 in 10 parents currently experience postnatal depression after the birth of their baby. 1 in 4 adults will struggle with their mental health in their lifetime.
There is support out there, and I urge you to speak up if you are feeling unwell or overwhelmed.
If you need help right now….
If you are in CRISIS and are worried about your own personal safety please call 111 or visit your local A&E department
There are helplines and text services available, alongside NHS 111 support.
TEXT ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to talk to someone , 24/7
Samaritans call 116 123 , they are a 24 hour listening service
SANEline can offer support if yourself or someone you are caring for is experiencing a Mental health crisis (open 4.30pm-10.30pm) 03003047000
Please see below links/ pointers to help you get the help and support you deserve.
- Please speak to your Health visitor, Midwife or GP for a Referral ( can discuss Therapy / Counselling / Medication etc) Local organisations, charities and councils can provide information on local mental health support.
- Be as honest as possible when you come into contact with health professionals, when asked to fill out your ‘feelings’ questionnaire during your health visitor visit, there is no shame in admitting that you are struggling , Motherhood/ life isn’t always easy! By making them aware, you can be offered a follow-up visit, and ensure that you get the support you need. (I know that I pretended that I was OK through irrational fear of my Baby being taken away, I wish I had been honest from the beginning!)
- Build a support network around you if you can. Do you have any family or friends nearby, a partner or anyone who can help you with providing a hot meal, or supervision of your baby so that you can shower or rest? Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
- Don’t try to be superwoman! The most important things are the health of you and your family, try to prioritize these. Sleep, nutrition and feeling safe will get you through those early days. Rest when you can, its a lot more beneficial than running the vacuum around!
- Basic wellbeing needs such as Sleep, nutrition/ hydration, social contact etc can make a huge impact on your mental health, visit your local mental health charity or organisation for more information about the ‘wheel of wellbeing’ and first steps support booklets that are available to you.
Useful Websites and Resources..
- IESO is FREE online CBT therapy , to help with a range of mental health conditions https://www.iesohealth.com/en-gb
- www.mind.org.uk The Mind Mental health Charity offers Information and support, A-Z of mental health, and also local MIND organisations run drop in centres. It’s a great resource to have, and can really help your mental wellbeing by speaking to a trained professional.
- http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk Pandas foundation is here to support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They are also there to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering. Helpline number is 08432898401 (9am-8pm)
- http://www.cedarhousesupportgroup.com The Cedar house support group is for mothers experiencing postnatal depression, based in Guildford.
- http://www.everymummovement.com Read Liv’s inspiring journey through Post Partum Psychosis and marvel at the amazing work she does to empower every mum to have the right to enjoy Motherhood. Liv’s book ‘Bonkers’ was an instrumental part of my recovery, and it was reassuring to see in black and white that despite the way that I was feeling during my depression, that it was possible to make a full recovery. A great read, available on Amazon.
- Anna Mathur http://www.annamathur.com Anna is a mum of 3 living in Surrey, Anna is an Accredited and experienced BACP Pyschotherapist and offers an honest, humorous and raw insight into the challenges of Motherhood and overcoming PND. Check out Anna’s instagram @AnnaMathur. I particularly enjoy Anna’s posts on Intrusive thoughts, which was a big part of my Anxiety and Postnatal depression.
- The Made up Mom Mindful Motherhood Courses- Join us for our 6 week courses that tackle and explain Maternal Mental health conditions, as well as providing practical support and Parenting advice. Featuring a healthy dose of Self care, Mindfulness, Pampering and Fitness in a friendly and non-judgemental environment, we aim to help you feel more positive and in control.
Meditation Audio’s & Useful Video’s
- Struggling to sleep? Try the CALM or HEADSPACE apps for guided meditation/ sleep sounds. Or try the Made up Mom introduction to mindful meditation here: https://youtu.be/K9Rs2m3pAL8
- See below the Meditation I was asked to record for the Underwood Baby Academy, for the wonderful Midwives working or self isolating during the COVID19 Pandemic and their colleagues! (The prompt for a 2nd piece of paper is simply to journal the experience afterwards and reflect on any thoughts / sensations) You don’t have to be a Midwife to give this one a go!