If you’ve suffered with a mental health issue before your pregnancy, have developed one throughout pregnancy or after the birth of your baby it’s important to get the right help and support.
If you have a history of mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, previous post-partum psychosis, schizophrenia or severe depression please make sure that your midwife, GP or health visitor is aware before you have your baby so they can get you the specialist support you may need.
Struggling with mental health may be more common in pregnancy and in the first year after your baby is born, than you might think, affecting dads as well as mums. Between 10 and 20 per cent of women develop a problem such as antenatal or postnatal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or post-partum psychosis.
These conditions can develop suddenly and can include a range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. It’s important to know that you are not alone and there are plenty of people that are able to support you. Speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP for advice.
Mums and dads can contact the Perinatal Mental Health service on 01924 316009 Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm if you are 18 years and over.
Mums and dads under 18, please contact the Children and Adolescents Mental Health service React on 01977 735865 Monday-Sunday, 9.00am-8.00pm.
If you are struggling with mild-moderate mental illness, would like to try talking therapy and are registered with a GP in the Wakefield District, you can call 01924 234860 for an assessment from Turning Point Talking Therapies. This is also for mums and dads.
This service provides advice and support to women with a history of or with current severe mental health issues. You will need to be referred by your health professional to this service, but you can find out more on the service’s webpage.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s First Response team on 0800 952 1181 – this 24/7 service is for people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.