Post Natal Depression

I Took Antidepressants When I Was Breastfeeding, and When I Was Pregnant

Hayley Carter | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Carter

Here is the part that makes me want to climb inside the internet and destroy all those pages of ill-advised advice about the dangers of taking antidepressants if you are breastfeeding: You can take antidepressants when you are breastfeeding. I know, because I recently did it. And guess what? It turns out me and my baby are fine...

Losing Yourself in Motherhood

Helen Louise Moores | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Louise Moores

The reality of motherhood can be very lonely - something I never contemplated before I had my son. Your time is so limited when you're a parent that one of the first things to go is your social life and this ultimately makes the loneliness that much worse.

Depression Bingo! Dare You Play?

Jude Hurrell | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

When you go to the doctor to talk about 'feeling a bit down' they get you to do a Depression Questionnaire - like one of those multiple-choice quizzes you get in magazines, only not as fun. Just check 9 easy tick boxes for your chance to win a prescription for legal drugs and a leaflet on 'talking therapies'. #winning

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

Kerry Hudson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Contrary to statistics that put me in the seventy percent chance of post-natal psychosis, I held my head firmly above water. It wasn't easy, at times the water stank, many times, in fact most of the time, but I wouldn't allow myself - now a mother - to go under.

Untold Tales of Motherhood and Oppression

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

While several European countries make the Top 10 of places worldwide to be a mother, according to a report from Save the Children last year improvements to the ways in which mothers are treated in the UK do not appear to be a government priority.

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Breastfeeding Support Is Ignoring Working Motherhood

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Ellie's piece resonated with me on a lot of levels, and I am so proud of her for advocating for something that ALL women and babies, of all socio-economic levels, everywhere, need and deserve. But it also got me thinking that something continues to be missing from this conversation. (I can say this, knowing that Ellie will have my back!)

Breastfeeding Halves Your Chances of Post Natal Depression

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I was relieved to realise that my own utter lack of awareness of the whole breastfeeding process was shared by other mothers in the room. Breastfeeding and milk production should be covered on the school syllabus and in more depth in ante natal classes.

Isn't It About Time Us Mums Celebrated How We Rock at This Motherhood Game?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

No one tells us that there is no minor fete when it comes to keeping a tiny human alive. No one tells us that there is nothing insignificant in dealing with the physical and mental fallout us mums deal with after having a baby.

A Letter to My Friend With Post Natal Depression

Kim Davies | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

My dear friend, you're going through a really rough patch, I can see it in your eyes. As a newly-minted Mum, you're still rocked to the core by the brutality of a difficult birth. You still feel like you are watching it over and over again as a third person, suspended from the ceiling in the delivery suite, no longer an active participant in the choices that may affect you for years.

Is It Possible to Enjoy the 'Good' Days When You Have Post Natal Depression?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

You tentatively get out of bed and as you take each ritual step into the nursery you realise that your steps are a little lighter and the quick sand you feel yourself walking through most days is now more like a muddy puddle. Your head feels, dare you say it "clearer" and the morning routine not as daunting.

Post-Natal Depression Is a Mother F*****! A Warning to PND From a Mum Who Will Not Be Beaten

Olivia Siegl | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I am also not ashamed to admit that I am angry beyond belief that it chose me in the first place. I didn't want this battle. I just wanted to be a mum. I wanted the full Technicolor heart bursting moments, I wanted to be exhausted from night feeds rather than exhausted from trying to keep my panic levels under control.

Post Traumatic Baby Syndrome; Why All New Mums Should Be in Therapy

Olivia Siegl | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

There is no woman out there who has gone through the life changing and shit scary ordeal of bringing a tiny human, kicking and screaming into the world that can hand on heart say they have not thought at least once that they are losing their mind whether it be the result of one of "those" days or the early signs of post natal illness.

Fear and Shame Prevent Mothers Getting Help With Mental Health Issues

Chris Cuthbert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Chris Cuthbert

The poor awareness and understanding of these problems in our society mean that many women feel that they are on their own. Fear and shame mean that they don't ask for help, and as a consequence, they don't get the support they need.

Toddler Groups and Keeping It Real

Sarah Lothian | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Lothian

Tired mums will be hauling their lively offspring back to parent and toddler groups around the country this week after the long summer break. Most gatherings provide an ideal chance for adults and children to socialise and let off steam. But some are probably best avoided

How Could You Use Your Skills to Benefit a Cause Close to Your Heart?

Anita Brook | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Brook

As a proud mother to my young daughter, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for those individuals who struggle to establish a bond with their baby, which is why I jumped at the chance to get involved with the charity as a Trustee.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Affects 1 In 10 Post-Natal Women

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Post-natal OCD may be a previously unrecognised mental problem faced by many women after giving birth, new research suggests. Experts estimate that...

Body Of Missing Mum Suffering From Post-Natal Depression Found

PA | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

Police have recovered the body of a mother-of-three who went missing while suffering post-natal depression. Karen Simpson, 31, of Burscough, Lancas...

Appeal For Missing Mum Suffering From Post-Natal Depression

PA | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

Concerns are growing for a missing married mother-of-three who is suffering from post-natal depression. Karen Simpson, 31, of Burscough, Lancashire...

Omega-3 Could Protect Women From Post-Natal Depression

PA | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Eating more fish could help protect vulnerable women from post-natal depression, research suggests. Evidence points to low levels of omega-3 fatty ...

Lily Allen Rants At Pro-Lifers...Then Hints At 'What Life Would Be Like Without A Baby'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home

She’s no shrinking violet at the best of times, and British pop star Lily Allen continued her penchant for online rants this morning. Writing un...

You've Got to be Mad to Work Here

Lynne Parker | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lynne Parker

While people from the world of comedy are 'outing' themselves as depressives, I'm left wondering if this is doing the image of mental illness any good. Television programmes encouraging people to tell their work colleagues about their struggle with mental health are good in terms of raising awareness but aren't they potentially exploitative as well?

We Need to Focus on the First Steps in Early Intervention

Helen Dent | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

Frank Field has hit the headlines again this week talking about how we measure poverty and improve life chances for children.

Woman Escapes Prison After Abandoning Baby In Garden

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK

A woman who placed the body of her newborn baby in her friend's garden to keep the birth a secret has walked free from court. Fatima Ali, 26, wante...

Looking Back to Darkness

Julie Smith | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Smith

In the run up to Mother's Day I am working with the mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, to raise awareness about a mental illness that affects one in 10 new mums.