Postnatal depression: how and where to get help

There is a lot of help out there for those dealing with postnatal depression, but there’s no one size fits all approach. Treatment should be focused on the individual’s needs and what they are comfortable with. Often the first step is talking to friends or family, a GP or a midwife to identify what’s happening and how to get help.

Support network

For those with mild depression and a good support network it might be enough to put your hand up and ask for more help. It might be a case of needing having some extra support around the home, having someone to talk to or having someone assist with the baby’s sleeping or feeding. 

Counselling

Talking to an experienced counsellor either in person, online or over the phone can also be really helpful for those with mild depression. Being able to share your experience in a safe environment can be a release and can also help to develop strategies to deal with what is happening. 

Support groups

Meeting other mums either online or in person, who are going through the same thing, can be an invaluable support. It can opportunity to share feelings and experiences, but also coping strategies.  

Psychologist

Otherwise known as ‘talking therapy’ regular treatment with a psychologist can help women with mild to moderate depression. Specialist treatment can help break the cycle of negative thoughts and can bring symptoms of postnatal depression under control.

Bupa Parent and Baby Wellbeing Program

Bupa, in association with PIRI, have a range of support services for parents who are Bupa members and may be feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope with their new baby. The program helps to identify the signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety and find the right care for you. Psychologists and counsellors can provide support in person, over the phone over email. There is also personalised follow-up support including group programs for adjusting to parenthood and sessions for parents and baby where available.

Medication 

Some new mums with quite serious symptoms of postnatal depression may require antidepressant medication as well as other support. There are medications available which are safe to use while breastfeeding. 

Hospitalisation

In really serious cases mums dealing with postnatal depression may require hospitalisation. In the very worst cases people can feel suicidal and in those cases urgent treatment is needed. 

Bupa Health Insurance

Struggling to cope? Bupa has partnered with the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) to offer the Parent and Baby Wellbeing Program. Support services are fully covered if you have hospital or hospital and extras cover with Bupa.

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