Looking after your mental health
As a group of health professionals we recognise that the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health and well-being. Pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period often brings with it added anxiety and concerns about your mental health and well-being. We have created this page to signpost you to existing support and provide some useful tips during this time.
If you have any concerns about your mental health and well-being please remember to contact your GP , midwife or health visitor and they will provide you with the support and help that you need.
Click here to access guidance from AWARE on how to look after the mental health of you and your baby.
- Have You Seen That Girl – promotes awareness of perinatal mental health
- AWARE – Support groups, fact sheets and well-being programmes including Mood Matters Patent and Baby Programme
- Best Beginnings Baby buddy app
- Tommys.org – mood and emotional support
- Birth and Beyond
- Helplines Network NI – provides a range of helplines for various issues
- The Dad Network
- The Every Mum Movement
- Association for Postnatal Illness
- PANGS NI
- Birth Trauma Association
- PND and me
- PANDAS Foundation
- Action of Postpartum Psychosis
- Parenting NI
- Tiny Life – supporting families with babies in neonatal units
Support for victims of domestic abuse
You can speak to your midwife in confidence about any concerns you have about your own, your baby’s or your children’s safety. She can provide you with support and guidance.
You can also access help from Women’s Aid, an organisation that help women to escape from abuse, or Victim Support NI, an independent charity that offer a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported and regardless of how long ago the event took place.