Postnatal Depression

It's Like Being Blinded By the Sun But Not Being Able to Feel its Heat

Stephanie Whittington | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Whittington

As a new mother, I embraced the chaos that a newborn could bring. I laughed at urine stained bedsheets. I smiled at 2am feeds. I rejoiced at staying in my pyjamas for two weeks in a bubble of bliss. I was a mummy and this tiny, innocent little being was everything I had ever wanted. I was in heaven. As the days went on however, it became harder to cope with daily life.

When Depression Wants You Back

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

have this old friend. She occasionally turns up at my door, totally out of the blue. I don't see much of her any more but when she is here, it's like she has never been away. We met shortly after the birth of my eldest child. She came into my life and managed to get her feet firmly under the table.

How You Can Support Maternal Mental Health Day

Gemma Devaney | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

Was there a time when you were pregnant, or after you gave birth, that you felt so horrendously sh*t and just wanted someone to talk too? But you were either too afraid to say what was on your mind or no one asked you how you were really feeling? If you're nodding yes, you really aren't the only one.

Loose Women's Andrea Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

Loose Women’s Andrea McLean has opened up about her mental health struggles. The presenter revealed she had suffered from postnatal depression afte...

A Working Mum's Guilt

Julie Seeney | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Seeney

When the time came to return to my job it hit me hard especially as at the time I was suffering with then - undiagnosed postnatal depression. I work Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. My little man is in nursery Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.15pm.

Postnatal Depression Is Very Real

Julie Seeney | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Seeney

I know this illness can make you feel alone, but you are not alone - you'll be surprised how many mums there are out there that have been through and felt exactly how you do. It takes time to recover but you will, give yourself a break you're doing a great job!

#MumTalk Campaign Proves There's No Shame In Struggling With Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents

Parents who have been affected by maternal or paternal mental healthissues are challenging the stigma surrounding conditions by proudly sharing their ...

Why New Mums Will Always Break My Heart

Laura Clark | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

It's been more than three years since I had my son but every time I hear a new mum talk about the incredible, instant bond she has with her newborn, or how she's never been happier or how she feels more fulfilled than ever before it's like a tiny stab to my chest.

Mum Opens Up About Post-Partum Psychosis Recovery

PA Real Life | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents

A mum who was admitted to a psychiatric hospital 11 days after giving birth has spoken out about what it's like to suffer from post-partum psychosis. ...

New Mums Separated From Their Babies Due To Lack Of Mental Health Care

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents

New mothers are not getting the mental health care they require before and after giving birth, a charity alliance has warned. The Maternal Mental H...

What Is Postnatal Depression?

Dr Shazia Malik | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Shazia Malik

Having a baby is a life-changing experience that brings joy and happiness to parents and their families. However, for some of us, it can take time to feel these positive emotions as feelings of negativity and depression can be triggered after giving birth.

Sceptical or Not, It's Positive That Cameron Has Announced Mental Health Plans

Danny Bowman | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The long awaited voice of the tory governments vision for mental health services has finally surfaced but many mental health campaigners are sceptical it can deliver. David Cameron gave a speech on Monday about how to revolutionise mental health services in Britain and outlined his plans.

Five Tips for Managing Anxiety During the Festive Period

Laura Clark | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Clark

Dealing with any depression or mental health issue during a time of general good cheer and celebration can be markedly more challenging than at other times. The Christmas period, although wonderful, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming too. Here are my top five tips for reducing symptoms and improving mood.

Kim Kardashian Ate Her Placenta And This Is What She Thought

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents

Kim Kardashian has shared her experience of eating her own placenta after the birth of Saint West. The mum-of-two tweeted a photo of her "amazing ...

Call the Midwife: The Fathers Need Her Too

Claudia Prothero | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents
Claudia Prothero

Providing literature on paternal postnatal depression alongside the information already given to mothers would help raise awareness, and normalise postnatal depression for fathers, reducing shame. We need to realise that having a child is not only about the mother and baby at the exclusion of the father.

Mum Suffering From PND Pens Heartfelt Thank You Note To Café Owner

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Parents

A mother suffering from postnatal depression has written a thank you note to a café owner whose kind gesture made a difference to her a day. The n...

How One Dad's Experience Of Depression Inspired Him To Help Others Globally

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents

The assumption that postnatal depression only affects women has led to a lack of support for new dads, according to the founder of a fathers' mental h...

Paternal Postnatal Depression - Yes, Men Get It Too

Daisy Scalchi | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Daisy Scalchi

For women, this is usually no longer a controversial thing to admit. The highs and lows of adjusting to life as a mother as well as issues like postnatal depression and postnatal psychosis are well documented in the media. But what if it's not the mother who is hit by feelings of being overwhelmed or even postnatal depression itself?

Maternal OCD: Just In Case

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

Maternal OCD has until recently received very little research attention, and treatment is still being explored. Often misdiagnosed as postpartum depression, Maternal OCD is very different and currently affects up to 4% of new mothers... over 2.5million women in the United Kingdom alone.

Drew Barrymore On What It Feels Like To Suffer From Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents

Drew Barrymore has opened up about what it felt like to suffer from postnatal depression after the birth of her second child. The 40-year-old actre...

Hayden Panettiere Checks Into Postnatal Depression Clinic: How To Know If You Need Help

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents

Hayden Panettiere has checked herself into a treatment centre for postnatal depression. The 26-year-old actress gave birth to her first child Kaya ...

The Stigma Around Postnatal Depression And Where To Find Help

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Parents

Stacey Soloman has spoken out about the stigma around postnatal depression having suffered from the illness herself after the birth of her son. The...

Women Share What It Feels Like To Have Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents

In this heart-wrenching short video by filmmaker Jill Krause, women talk candidly about their experiences of postnatal depression and how they overcam...

Experts Explain Why We Need To Urgently Address Postnatal Depression In Men

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

A new study has revealed more than a third of new fathers are worried about their mental health and experiencing postnatal depression (PND). But, ...

Dads Matter UK Perinatal Mental Health Launch Fathers Day

Mark Williams | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

Dads Matter UK is suggesting that the health service needs to develop a process for the screening and detecting of PND in fathers. As many fathers, the figures suggest, suffer with PND post birth of the child.