How I dealt with depression during pregnancy and after

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To mark World Mental Health Day (October 10th), we spoke with young mum, Leanne, about dealing with depression.

Thank you to Leanne for speaking to us so openly about how she has dealt with depression during her pregnancy and after she gave birth.

Here are the highlights from her vlog:

The way I dealt with the depression, before I never used to have Instagram, so that’s when I went onto Instagram and I started looking for mums, young mums in particular, and I started talking to them, reached out to them and told them how I was feeling.”

Read more from other young parents like Leanne:

Getting support and help

Postnatal depression: If you think that you may be suffering from postnatal depression, it’s important to speak to your doctor or health visitor. A useful place for advice and help is YoungMinds, a mental health charity that specialises in child and adolescent mental health. They provide a range of organisations that can help, which you can find here.

Suicidal thoughts: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts it is important to seek advice immediately from a member of your family, a friend or someone you trust. You can also call the Samaritans 24-hours-a-day on 116 123.

If you are in immediate danger or know someone who is, please call 999. It’s so important to speak out and please remember, you are not alone!

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