If you think someone you know may be experiencing postnatal depression, here are some things that can help:
Talk openly with her about how she is feeling.
Reassure her and be supportive.
Offer sympathetic listening, patience, affection, and a positive outlook.
Offer practical help.
Talk to her about the practical help you can offer, such as care for her baby or other children, as they need lots of attention and love.
Ask how you can help around the home.
Suggest support services.
Support her to seek help from services such as postnatal depression groups, community mental health services, Home Help assistance, or counselling.
She may like you to take her to appointments, and to be with her if she wants a support person.
Look after yourself.
Talk to others about how you are feeling as the support person. At times it can be difficult
supporting someone with postnatal depression.
Adjusting to the father role is exciting and challenging, it can also feel overwhelming and tiring and there is a lot to learn, very quickly, so fathers need support too.
There are various ways fathers can get support:
Find out which services Plunket offers in your area.