Pregnancy and parenting is not always what you expect…
- Pregnancy is often seen as a time of joy and excitement, but this is not true for everyone.
- The birth or adoption of a baby can bring physical, emotional and social changes. Adjustment to new roles and relationships is not always easy.
Depression and Anxiety Disorders are common in pregnancy and postpartum.
- Up to 20% of women experience depression or anxiety after having a baby. Partners and children can struggle too.
- It can affect anyone in the family!
If you believe your loved one is at risk for suicide, do NOT leave them alone. Don’t Wait – Get Help!
How can you help?
- Share your concern and ask how you can help.
- Be willing to listen and accept their feelings.
- Provide reassurance and be supportive.
- Offer encouragement about counselling and treatment.
- Provide meals, do laundry or housework.
- Help with grocery shopping or driving to appointments.
- Offer to help arrange childcare.
- Encourage time for rest or physical activities (i.e. go for a walk)
- Learn about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
- Learn about mental health community and crisis services.
- Locate helpful information (i.e. on-line resources, support groups).
- Offer or help find prenatal or postpartum education opportunities.
- Encourage seeing a healthcare professional.
- Offer to attend medical appointments or support groups.
- Encourage joining a support group.
What’s Not Helpful
- Criticizing or judging.
- Statements like “Snap out of it” or “You should be happy”.
- Stopping by without calling first.
- Blaming yourself or others.
Reach Out (24/7 Crisis Service)
Call or Webchat
648 Huron Street, London (at Adelaide)
Support Line (24/7 Therapeutic Listening)
Health Connection (Speak to a Public Health Nurse)
519-663-5317 Ext. 2280
Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre / Mother Reach Support Group
1064 Colborne St (at Huron)
519-433-0183, ext. 8111 or email ATapia@familyservicethamesvalley.com
Woman and/or partner may …
- Be sad and tearful
- Feel exhausted, but not able to sleep
- Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Feel overwhelmed and can’t concentrate
- Constantly check the internet for reassurance
- Have no interest or pleasure in activities they used to enjoy
- Feel hopeless or frustrated
- Have feelings of worthlessness
- Feel restless, irritable or angry
- Feel guilty and ashamed
- Avoid spending time with family and friends
- Have thoughts of hurting themselves