Help if you are feeling low or anxious
Due to Covid-19 and government restrictions, many children and family services will continue to operate but in a different way. Please contact the individual services to find out more about the ways they are continuing to deliver support during lockdown.
Due to Covid-19 and government restrictions, many children and family services will continue to operate but in a different way.
Please contact the individual services to find out more about the ways they are continuing to deliver support during lockdown.
Feeling anxious in the early days, recovering from a difficult birth, lack of sleep, changes to relationships and other challenges can all lead to low mood or loss of confidence. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone: One in five women and one in ten dads need help with their emotional wellbeing during pregnancy or in the first year after their baby is born. Seeking help early is important as it will speed your recovery.
All the face-to-face support contacts listed on the previous page are trained to listen to you and can help you decide what's right for you. See also the resources and face-to-face support provided below.
- Discuss any concerns or worries with your midwife by visiting your antenatal care or health visitor. They are trained to listen and support you if you are feeling low or anxious. The health visiting service now has three specialist health visitors in parent and infant mental health.
- By Your Side – supports families with emotional difficulties in pregnancy or following the birth of a child. There are currently twice weekly online support groups running on Mondays, 10.30-11.30am, and Wednesdays, 8-9pm. There is also an active twitter page.
- IHV - A baby is a blessing so why do I feel this way? - Information and support for new mothers from British South Asian communities.
- Perinatal Positivity – “it can happen to dads and it can happen to mums” – a video using the real voices and experiences of women and men who have experienced mental health difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. The website also offers support and advice to parents, carers and professionals.
- Dads Matter UK – support for dads worried about or suffering from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. Information, advice and support for you and your partner.
- Parents in Mind – Trained peers offer group and one to one support to mums experiencing emotional difficulties in pregnancy up to the second year after birth. Support is available across Warwickshire with groups in Nuneaton, Rugby, Leamington and Stratford.
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) - Talking therapies for anyone experiencing depression or anxiety. The service has five perinatal mental health champions to support mums, dads and partners. You can self refer.
- Wellbeing Hubs - Offer one-to-one support, walk-in sessions, peer-led drop-in sessions to those (aged 16+) struggling to cope.
- Big White Wall offers free, anonymous online professional support 24/7 for Warwickshire residents experiencing mental health problems.
- Mental Health Matters - Telephone helpline and webchat service providing free, confidential 24/7 emotional support.
- PANDAS – Charity for perinatal mental illness offering free telephone support seven days a week 9am-8pm on 0808 1961 776 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org (response within 72 hours).
- Out of the Blue is a series of videos on the Baby Buddy app to support parents who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and/or depression either leading up to or following the birth of your baby.
- Relate from partners to parents - Advice and information on how to adapt to your new life as a family, covering: preparing to be parents, coping with a new baby and maintaining a healthy relationship.
- Supporting Mums in Living with Emotions (The Smile Group) - This website has been created by mums who have all suffered postnatal depression (PND). As well as offering support online there are local peer support sessions and links to other ways to get help.
- The Smile Group Self Help for Partners and Carers
For additional specialist mental health view our Specialist support for expectant and new parents section.