A recent study has shown 1 in 4 mums have mental health issues before birth.
Thank you to mum at 18, Harriet, for sharing with us how she felt during her pregnancy and what helped her to manage her mental health.
Here are the highlights from Harriet’s vlog:
“Sometimes you need a connection or you need people around you, you need a support network.”
Read more from other young mums like Harriet:
- My experience of postnatal depression, by Rachel
- The signs and symptoms of postnatal depression, by Loren
- 5 tips to boost your mental health
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!