POSTNATAL ILLNESS

When you are trying to take care of a new baby on barely any sleep, it is inevitable that you will go a little mad.  But if you are really struggling and your bad day turns into a bad week, then a bad month;  then maybe talk to your GP about Postnatal Illness. I had Postnatal Depression and it was a bit of a bummer. I was depressed, anxious and felt like a failure, yet managed to convince myself I did not need help. I thought I was just sleep-deprived and a rubbish mother. However, I was lucky enough to find the support I needed to help me see I was actually very ill and only then did I begin the road to recovery.

mentalHere is my story Confessions of a Mental Mother.

I also wrote some things I really wish I had known when I had PND by clicking here..

POSTNATAL ILLNESS SUPPORT

Home-Start are an amazing charity that support families in need across the UK. They offer Mums In Mind support groups for mothers struggling with mental illness, a one-to-one volunteer service and family workshops. They were such a lifeline for me that I now volunteer for them myself! Visit the website to find one in your area.

For further information about Postnatal Illness PANDAS,  Mind and Rethink provide lots of useful useful information and resources.

Click here for some really useful downloadable PND self-help guides for you to print or read online.

PND in fathers is not as rare as you think. Click here for information and PANDAS also offer great support and advice. Read this dad’s story in the Huffington Post.