Let's Talk About Postnatal Depression
Over 42,000 women are diagnosed with maternal mental illnesses in Ireland annually.
Maternal mental health issues; such as postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis, pregnancy anxiety and the baby blues; affect thousands of Irish women every day, yet there is still a taboo and a stigma around it. There's a stigma around talking about it and around seeking help and treatment for it.
There are 12,000 Irish women diagnosed annually with specifically postnatal depression. Because we've always been taught to keep these 'issues' private, among fears of 'what the neighbours might think', women are more than reluctant to talk about their maternal mental health issues.
The fear of speaking out and seeking treatment, means that so many women suffer in silence needlessly. With professional help, a woman really can feel well again. There is a sense of hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
That's why we want to shine a light on the topic of maternal mental illnesses in Ireland.
Together with our Maternal Mental Health Expert Irene Lowry, CEO of Nurture, we here at eumom want to remove the stigma of maternal mental illnesses and help women feel supported. Nurture is an Irish-registered nationwide charity offering counselling and supports to women, partners and families in Ireland. Nurture offers affordable, accessible counselling and supports surrounding post-natal depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, miscarriage, loss of a baby, infertility difficulties and much more.
Learn More About Nurture
Together with Nurture, we want to start the conversation around Postnatal Depression and other maternal mental health issues. We want to hear from you. We want to encourage you to share your stories. But most of all, if you are suffering in silence, we want to encourage you to seek help and to support you along the way. If you or a friend are experiencing symptoms which you believe to be postnatal depression, or something similar, please contact our mental health partner, Nurture, for confidential help and counselling.
You can also contact Nurture on 01 8430930. If you would like to share your maternal mental health stories with us, you can contact us on Twitter or Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read Some Of Irene's Expert Advice:
I’m Feeling Anxious After Giving Birth, What Can I Do?
Recovering from a Traumatic Birth
Talking About Post-natal Depression with Friends
What is Postpartum Psychosis?
Can You Get Depression During Pregnancy?
Coping With Losing a Child in Infancy
What Are The Baby Blues?