Mental health support for new mums

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Support for new Lincolnshire mums’ mental health is now available online.

A dedicated section for maternal mental health has been developed as part of the Lincolnshire Healthy Families website.

The website includes information about antenatal depression and anxiety, postnatal depression, fathers and depression, where to seek help and other helpful resources.

To provide support through shared experiences, the website features real life stories from mums who have had their own struggles with maternal mental health. It includes Emma, who shares her experience with postnatal depression in one of the case studies.

Emma speaks about her struggle with postnatal depression and how her health visitor played an essential role in providing her with support.

She said: “I feel blessed I had the support that I got, when I got it. There is no way I would have felt that I could have come out the other side of it without the support that I had.”

“My health visitor was worth her weight in gold. She never ever turned me away, was at the end of the phone whenever I needed her and I knew that I could come to her for anything - which was invaluable, without a doubt.”

LCHS locality lead Anita Wood, said: “Welcoming a baby into your family is a time of great excitement, but for some it can also be very overwhelming. We want to help ensure mums understand the importance of taking care of their mental health and where they can seek help should they need it.”

The website has been developed using the knowledge and experiences of health visitors, with the support of specialist community perinatal mental health teams.

Visit www.lincolnshire
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