Mental health advice from young mums
Having a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression can make the day-to-day challenges of being pregnant or being a parent a lot more difficult.
However, it’s important to remember that your mental health condition doesn’t define you and that you’re not alone.
Our young parents have shared their struggles with mental health and also how they manage it.
Young mum at 18, Ellie, has shared her experience of dealing with anxiety about her post-birth body.
Young mum at 17, Leanne, has spoken about she dealt with depression during her pregnancy and after.
Harriet became a mum to her daughter when she was 18. She spoke to us about her mental health during her pregnancy and how she manages it now.
For more information on the different types of mental health issues young parents face, including postnatal and perinatal depression, anxiety and depression, Mental Health Foundation provide a very useful A-Z guide.
Getting support and help
If you think that you may be suffering from a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, it’s important to speak to your doctor or health visitor. There are lots of services and organisations that can help you and offer support. As well as support, there are also a wide range of resources that advise on how to stay mentally healthy and how to look after your mental wellbeing.
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.
Other mental health organisations that offer specific support and advice for young people include:
Suicidal thoughts: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts it is important to tell someone you trust immediately such as a member of your family, a friend or your doctor . 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!