Updated 28 September 2015


What helps when you feel depressed? The Post Natal Depression Support Association offers the following advice.

The Post Natal Depression Support Association has the following advice:

  • Don't be fobbed off with others telling you to "pull yourself together" or "you should be grateful …"
  • Speak to someone - your clinic sister or doctor, a post natal support telephone network
  • Speak to your partner or close friend
  • Accept that this is not your fault
  • Ask for help from others
  • Don't allow yourself to get exhausted
  • Plan for enough rest and time off
  • Prioritise and drop your standards. You can't do as much as you used to around the home
  • Join a support group where you can share this experience with others who understand how you feel
  • Take one step at a time


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