This is one thing I wish I’d have been told about during my pregnancy. I may have understood a little more of what was going on in my mind and dealt with it better or sort help sooner. I appreciate that midwives and health visitors are stretched and this will most likely remain unchanged. We need to come together and support each other as a whole.
What can we do to improve PMH?
What can we do to raise awareness?
If we are given some structured information that we can look into it at home, we can ask any questions at our next appointment with the midwife or health visitor. Even at our antenatal classes, this would be a great idea.
A leaflet with information about PMH and a link or two on there to find out some information on this subject and a list of charities that you can contact if you feel you need help.
I did a little survey on twitter and there were more women that had not been asked about their mental health than were asked. So I think if we are given a leaflet and a link to a video, we can watch this in the comfort of our own home and discuss what we need to at the following appointment. Now this may be an awful idea but I am throwing it out there.
What do you think?
(Please comment via Twitter or this blog with your views and if you have an idea of your own on how we can improve raising awareness of PMH)
Here are some links that discuss perinatal mental health. Some videos are real life experiences.
Tommy Midwives- Tommy’s PMH
They can be found on twitter via @TommysMidwives
Birth and baby academy have great courses you can go on. Birth and baby academy link
Moment Health, they too can be found on twitter @momenthealthapp
Moment Health PMH
If you have any questions regarding your mental health there are some great charities and organisations out there. Please see links below-
There are support groups via twitter
@pndandme on a Wednesday at 8pm UK #pndhour
#mentalhealthhour on a Sunday
#pandashr on a Sunday at 8pm UK time
These are just some of the fantastic support groups. Supporting people who have been affected with their mental health. During pregnancy or after birth, men or women.
This is where people discuss how they feel, give advice and share their experiences.
I know I’m a small fish in a big pond but if I can make just a little difference I’ll be happy.
A more detailed blog I wrote I wished I had been better prepared