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Take the Mums Mental Health Course

If somebody asked you how you’re feeling today, you’d probably tell them you’re fine. But are you really fine? Whether you’re suffering from antenatal depression, postnatal depression, anxiety or you’re simply having a bad day, you are not alone. Channel Mum’s psychologist-in-residence, Emma Kenny, has devised a six-part video course to help you.

Chat on Channel Mum You can also chat to other mums and professionals in the Channel Mum Support Group. Take our quiz here and watch the videos below:

Emma Kenny sitting on a sofa, smiling at the camera

What are maternal mental health problems?

4 out of 5 mums have mental health issues but only 7% of pregnant women and new mums get specialist care. 70% of these women will ignore their symptoms, play them down and try to hide them, which leads to suicide being the number one cause of death during pregnancy and one year after birth. This is why it’s so important to seek help if you think you might be suffering from maternal mental health problems.

Do I have postnatal depression?

Postnatal depression (PND) tends to start within the first two to eight weeks after your baby has been born, although sometimes, it can occur up to a year after giving birth. Symptoms include, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, negative thoughts, feeling that life is meaningless, feeling unable to cope, tiredness, tearfulness and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety and depression can appear at any time even when your children are older. If you think you might be suffering from poor mental health start by taking our quiz and then you should seek medical advice.

Chat on Channel Mum Find advice and help from mums who have been through it and professionals to help you get the support you need in our Support Group.