*If you are feeling desperate and in need of urgent help please contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or contact your local mental health crisis team or visit A&E*
Here are a handful of the resources I find really useful.
I feel so fortunate that my area is served by a PEWS team (Perinatal Emotional Wellbeing Service). This small group of midwives, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and admin staff basically saved me. If you’re local to the Essex area, please visit their site below for incredible support and advice.
Therapy For You provide access to one to one therapy, group sessions and courses. You can be referred through your GP or self-refer via their website.
If you are looking for a peer support group in Essex, where you can meet other parents going through similar issues, please contact to Sarah Woods at Lotus Petal Family Support. Sarah’s group runs every other Monday on Canvey Island.
In the UK
Your first step would be to contact your GP, midwife or Health Visitor. For information you can visit:
The most useful resource I found by far is Postpartum Progress. This site is packed with resources, support and helpful blog posts. Their list of symptoms in “Plain Mama English”is particularly great. In my opinion, there is no better place on the web to find information and support on these illnesses.
Online peer support
For fantastic, confidential peer support on Facebook PPD Chat Support is a wonderful group.
Also please join Rosey and lots of other amazing PND survivors and medical experts on Twitter every Wed night 8-9pm BST for #pndhour.
By far and away the most useful online resource for anxiety management is Paul David’s book, app and website – Anxiety No More. Click here to find out more