The theme for the week long campaign, UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week is Mums Matter and runs from 29th April to 5th May 2019.
Having a baby is a life changing event and this week is dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting support for all mums and improving the quality of care for women experiencing all types of perinatal mental health disorders.
Everybody’s experience of pregnancy is unique, and you will trigger a range of emotions including anxiety especially when there is pressure to be happy and excited. For some it can be difficult to feel able to talk openly about how you’re feeling if you are worried about being a bad parent especially if you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing.
Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be a new mental health problem or recurring mental health problem you’ve experienced before.
Talking and being able to ask for help and support is vital There are many new parents that experience the same feelings. Reach out to a new or soon-to-be parent in your life and take 10 minutes to find out how they’re feeling. It could make a real difference.
The MMHA is a UK coalition improving the mental health of women & their children in pregnancy & the 1st postnatal year.