The importance of postnatal mental health

Parenthood can be an extremely emotional time for everyone as it brings immense change.
It can be both joyous and stressful and mental health problems are common in the months following a baby being born (often referred to as the postnatal period).

Research shows that women are more likely to develop mental health issues during this postnatal period more than at any other stage in their life. To help educate about these important issues, our counselling team have put together an educational series of short clips presented by Stefanie (a CatholicCare counsellor, who herself is a mother) which provide a quick overview as to what different postnatal mental health conditions may look like and how to get help.

If you are concerned about your own mental health please see your GP.
There is no shame in reaching out for support.


Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression describes serious, negative emotional changes that last longer than 2 weeks and stop you from doing the things you need, or want to do in your daily life. Sound familiar? Learn more here.


Postnatal Anxiety

Adjusting to big changes can be stressful, and it’s natural to feel anxious and to worry during pregnancy, or while caring for your new baby. But worry or anxiety can be a problem if it happens all the time, and gets in the way of your health, your daily life, or your relationships.

Postnatal Psychosis

A small number of birth mothers experience postnatal psychosis in the first few weeks after birth. If you’re worried that you’re acting or thinking differently from the way you usually do, or your loved ones have told you they are worried … speak to your GP. We explore this further in this clip.

Asking for help

Here are some tips on why you should seek help and how to do so.

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