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Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression is a mental health difficulty sometimes called the “baby blues”. It can affect mothers, fathers and partners in the year after giving birth.

Here you can find organisations, factsheets, videos, tips and exercises, and available services in West Lothian which can support you during this challenging time.

Let us know what resource works well for you. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please send them to
julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk.


Factsheets

These factsheets will help you understand what postnatal depression is, its symptoms, causes and the different support available.

Postnatal depression factsheet from NHS Inform

Postnatal depression factsheet from the Mental Health Foundation

Postnatal depressions (PND) factsheet from Baby Centre

Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health factsheet from Mind

Understanding paternal mental health from Fathers Network Scotland

Tips and information

Here you will find tips and information to help manage the symptoms of postnatal depression and boost your mental health wellbeing.

Postnatal depressions guide from Royal College of Psychiatrists

6 positive affirmations for postpartum self-esteem

Self-care and wellbeing guides for parents from National Childbirth Trust

Postpartum depression and baby blues from Help Guide

5 tips for battling postpartum depression from Psych Central

Tips for postpartum dads and partners from Postpartum Support International

Workbook

The self-help workbook from Maternal Mental Health Alliance can help you understand post-natal depression, set goals for yourself, monitor how you’re feeling and start making positive changes.

Self-help workbook from the Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Services

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.


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