Below are some of the steps I took to get help with postnatal depression.
1. Admitting and talking about it is a massive step in itself. Talk to a friend, family member, GP, a helpline or a Health visitor and you’ll realise you aren’t alone. Postnatal depression affects more than 1 in 10 new mothers.
2. Asking for help from the GP. My GP was amazing and was quick to get me the help I needed and prescribed me antidepressants.
3. Get support from the children’s centre. My children’s centre were quick to get me extra help from a Health Visitor, who would visit me for a chat whilst my tablets started to work and I waited for CBT.
4. My Health Visitor got me in touch with IAPT service who sorted out my cognitive behaviour therapy. Anyone with a baby under 12 months gets priority and I was lucky that I only had to wait a few weeks to see someone.
5. Support groups on Facebook were my lifeline as I could write down how I felt.
6. Phone lines like PANDAS or Samaritans are amazing if you do need to speak to someone at anytime of day.
7. Counselling is amazing and I’m so glad after my CBT to have this once a week. I went through a counselling charity and it was affordable. Check private health care through work as some will cover it.
9. If you ever feel suicidal and need immediate help you can go straight into an A&E department and you will be seen by a member of the mental health team. Your GP can also refer you to the CRHT crisis team and you will be seen in the space of a few hours in your home until you are ready to be discharged.
Remember you are not alone and it is ok to not be ok. Postnatal depression is nothing to be ashamed of.