If you need urgent help, please:
- Talk to your GP, midwife or health visitor
- Head to A&E or call 999
- Chat to the Samaritans: 116 123 (for free and won’t appear on your phone bill)
- Contact PANDAS: 0808 196 1776 (11am-10pm, specifically for post-natal mental health)
Did you know?
Up to 1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads experience mental health issues in the perinatal period. It’s incredibly common, yet many of us don’t realise. Help is available. You are not alone.
Why is Mental Health Support important to us?
Ensuring all parents are supported with their mental health is really important to the team at Happity, as both founders and members of the team have each had their personal struggles. Sara experienced a traumatic first birth and flashbacks, and Emily struggled with post-natal depression and anxiety after the birth of her son (you can see some of her posts on Huffington Post).
Our experiences led us to create Happity and to campaign for greater awareness, so that others don’t have to feel alone like we did. Helping parents maintain mental health remains right at the heart of what we do.
We know first hand what it’s like to struggle as a new parent. Happity is designed to help you find local support, face-to-face, in your parent community. We have pulled together this resource page to sign-post anyone struggling (or supporting anyone struggling) to find more help.
Dr Zara Rahemtulla, is a Clinical Psychologist who supports our work, and she wrote this blog for us recently on looking after your mental health as a parent during Covid-19. She also wrote this blog about supporting your children.
If you would like more help with regards to supporting anxious children we will be hosting a live webinar by parenting expert and acclaimed author Alicia Drummond on Thursday 16 April 2020 at 7:30pm. You can find more info, and book here.
Happity isn’t just for parents who struggle with their mental health, but with so many parents struggling it’s important we all know what to look out for and how to help. This is why we run #ShoutieSelfie each year to raise awareness, and show our support for those currently struggling with their mental health.
Understanding Mental Health
Mental health struggles can be different for everyone. Emily created this video, with the help of her (as was MummyLinks) community, to help everyone understand what struggling with PND can be like:
And this video provides some insight from those working to help parents struggling:
Emily has written a number of blogs during her MummyLinks days on mental health, and had some great contributers too, please find some of these blogs below:
Where to find more information and support:
The NHS has some guidelines on Post Natal depression including symptoms and how to get help.
The PANDAS Foundation helps, supports advises any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.
This website, blog and movement is dedicated to raising awareness of Perinatal Mental illness. It provides hope and help for struggling families, and campaigns for better services and support for all.