Self-care is all about looking after yourself. It can be difficult to make time for yourself, especially when you’re pregnant or a new parent. But self-care is important to help you manage your mental wellbeing, and it can also aid your recovery from perinatal mental illnesses. See links below for our various self-help guides and videos. We regularly add to our resources, so please check back for future updates. You can also sign up to our newsletter to hear about all our latest news and updates.
Speaking to your GP
If you’re experiencing symptoms of any perinatal mental illness, you should make contact with your GP and/or midwife and health visitor.
Other organisations that can help
Make Birth Better is a unique collective of parents and professionals dedicated to reducing the life-changing impact of birth trauma. The Make Birth Better network aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of birth trauma through clinically-led education, campaigning and research.
Dads Matter UK is a free service that provides support for dads worried about or suffering from depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Maternal Mental Health Alliance
The PANDAS Foundation are proud to be a member of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA). The alliance is a coalition of UK organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.
Interactive self-help guides
Please click on the following links for interactive self-help guides.
Royal College of General Practitioners
Perinatal mental health toolkit from the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Mental health apps from the NHS.
Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
If you need urgent help….
If you need urgent help or are worried about a loved one, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or the emergency services on 999.