Postnatal Depression

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.

The Everything's Fine Conspiracy and Why It Is Dangerous to New Mums

Catherine Ball | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Catherine Ball

The Everything's Fine conspiracy is all very well (and let's face it, it's very British to keep a stiff upper lip in a crisis) until things are REALLY NOT FINE and you don't tell anyone. And with new parents, it can be downright dangerous.

PTSD at the Birth Is Common in Fathers

Mark Williams | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

Many men suffer PTSD after they have been present at the birth of a child. The birth of a child can be a very distressing time for all present. Difficulties can arise which endanger the lives of the mum and baby and which require emergency treatment e.g.: emergency surgery.

Confessions of a 'Terrible' Mother

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

I did not believe I had PND. My perception of the illness was based largely on the front page news stories about mothers harming themselves or their children and TV dramas that showed women with PND pushing their pram into the road.

ADHD and Perinatal Mental Health

Mark Williams | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

After being diagnosed with ADHD at forty years of age and going through looking after my wife's server postnatal depression know from my personal experience it's a issue we need to raise awareness.

Dads and Postnatal Depression

Mark Williams | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

Having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. Unfortunately, the stress it brings can also expose parents to a number of emotional challenges. Only in recent times has postnatal depression (PND) been recognised as an issue for new dads too.

Antidepressants During Pregnancy: My Choice?

Louise Parry | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

I was about six weeks pregnant when I tried to reduce my current dose of antidepressants, when my GP suggested that I tried but that if I couldn't cope she would still be happy to prescribe my original dose and then a higher one if necessary.

Dads Matter Worldwide

Mark Williams | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Williams

As we know prevention of depression is vitally important before the situation gets to crisis point. If we can educate everyone, both male and female on the same even level, this can reach out and help more fathers come forward to seek help and end the stigma of the illness which is depression.

You're Going To Be Fine

Kiran Chug | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There's small talk on the nursery run if you can't avoid it and you wonder if anyone can tell you haven't brushed your hair and still have your pyjama top under your coat and then you realise you forgot to fill in the permission form that's sitting on the kitchen table.

Postnatal Depression: A Survivor's Story

Rachel Thomson-Glover | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thomson-Glover

By now I hadn't slept for two months apart from the odd hour or two with sleeping pills. There seemed to be so many news stories about the importance of sleep; I convinced myself that I was going to die from exhaustion (really).

Call the Midwife? It's Time to Up Postnatal Care

Alice Rossiter | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Rossiter

Of course, we're told to call a number if we need support or advice. But many women won't. And especially not in the wee small hours of the night. Many will struggle in silence or sink into denial - snapping at a concerned partner or parent that "they're fine".

PND in Fathers - How Do Maternity Services Really Measure up?

Olivia Spencer | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

The professionals, the midwives and the health visitors - the first port of call for mothers and fathers after a birth - are in agreement that PND does exist in fathers. They acknowledge it and are trained to ask about it, and this is a significant step in the right direction towards getting fathers the help they need.

Postnatal Depression - It's Up to Us Mums to Beat the Stigma

Olivia Siegl | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

What a shocking thought that with hundreds of thousands of women giving birth in the UK every year, how many of these women will be entering into motherhood with no knowledge of maternal mental health issues, but will, unfortunately, be one of the one in 10 diagnosed with one?

Lack of Support in Wales in Perinatal Mental Health Is Costing Us Money

Mark Williams | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Williams

After the recent report that was published in Parliament on Tuesday, I was honoured to be there to witness all parties coming together and support the work of the MMHA. It was reported that the UK will lose £8.1 billion per year as the illness not only effects the new mum, but the children and other areas in later life if unsupported.

How Breastfeeding Can Drive Some Women to the Brink of Depression, by 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

The former prison warden topped off a fabulous year when she won the X Factor, duetted with Michael Bolton, had a number one selling debut album, by introducing baby Miley into the world, a sibling for her eldest two Tommy and Brooke.

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

Postnatal Depression - Gay Dads Can Get It Too

Olivia Spencer | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

One father I talked to told me that it is the overwhelming responsibility of becoming a parent which tips some men into depression. Do fathers, and gay fathers in particular, feel this responsibility more than mothers?

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - Five Things You Need to Know

Olivia Spencer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression in fathers does exist. There are many factors, both situational and physiological, which can affect a father's mood both before and after a baby is born, and yet it's an area of parenting which is often ignored or overlooked by healthcare professionals and parents alike.

Stop Dads Getting Postnatal Depression - Get Them Out of the Delivery Room

Olivia Spencer | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

It's important that we recognise that some men will not benefit from being at the birth of their child. For some people this would seem like a step backwards, the exclusion of anyone based on their sex, from anything, will always be seen as such, but we must remember that a father's mental health is important too.

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!)

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.

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.