The journey through pregnancy and into parenthood can have a significant impact on your mental health. This can manifest itself in so many different ways from feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed and ‘just not yourself’. The most importnat thing is knowing that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’ and to ask for help.
The Nest Club partners with registered psychologists and counsellors who are highly experienced in helping parents in the perinatal period.
Traditional antenatal education can gloss over what can be a very rocky road for many new mothers and fathers. There is some talk of ‘baby blues’ but little mention of the signs of symptoms of postnatal anxiety, post traumatic stress and postnatal depression, among many other perinatal mental health concerns
For us, education up front is as important as knowing what to watch out for and how to find the expert help you need if and when you need it. Asking for help can be the most difficult thing in the world for many of us, but we believe there is nothing braver or more important that you can do for yourself and for your family.
If you are concerned about yourself or your partner’s mental health during pregnancy or in the postnatal period, it can be beneficial to look at having some form of therapy.
Talk therapy, otherwise known as counselling, psycotherapy or coaching allows you to talk in confidence about feelings, worries, things you may feel anxious about and feelings of depression. The sessions can take place in person or via video call, one to one or with family or a partner present and will help you to understand and manage feelings and emotions to make a positive difference in life.
At The Nest Club we work with counsellors (trained therapists) and psycotherapists (psychiatrists, psychologists or other mental health professionals) who are registered members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and have all worked across the NHS and private practise.
For urgent help, including thoughts around self harm and suicide, you should go to A&E and/or call NHS Direct on 111. Other useful resources include:
Samaritans www.samaritans.org or call 116 123 (24 hours a day)
Association for Postnatal Illness APNI www.apni.org
Make Birth Better www.makebirthbetter.org
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk
UK Council for Psychotherapy www.psychotherapy.org.uk