What can you do about Depression?
Depression is not your fault. Many women feel blue or depressed after having a baby. There are many things that you can do to benefit your emotional health:
- Talk to family or friends that you trust. Tell them how you have been feeling.
- Ask and accept help from family or friends.
- Take time for yourself when the baby is being cared for by someone else. Take a nap.
- Eat healthy foods. Be physically active and get some fresh air everyday.
- Consider being part of a support group, in-person or online.
- Speak with a counselor
- Consider taking medication. Talk this over with your healthcare provider.
How can family and friends provide support?
Partners, family and friends can be a great support to mothers suffering from depression. Here are some ways you can help a new mother:
- Listen to how she is feeling. Ask her how you can help
- Help her to find a healthcare provider she can trust
- Go with her to appointments for support.
- Offer to care for the baby while the mother sleeps.
- Prepare meals, wash dishes, fold laundry, or care for the other children so the mom can rest.
- Learn more about mood and anxiety disorders
- Be patient and remember that recovery takes time.
- If you are the mother’s partner, remember to take time for yourself as well as mood disorders can affect you as well.
- Do not take the mothers symptoms personally. Remember it is not your fault or hers.
- Connect to your community resources.
For a referral to counselling or support groups:
Huron Perth Crisis Intervention Program is a free and confidential. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-888-829-7484
Huron Perth Clinical Intensive Case Management Program 1-877-695-2524
Canadian Mental Health Association provides services in Exeter and Goderich. 519-235-0335
Huron County Health Unit Healthy Babies, Healthy Children 1-877-837-6143