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Supporting others with postnatal depression

If you think someone you know may be experiencing postnatal depression, here are some things that can help:

  • Be supportive.

  • 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.

Fathers matter too

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:

  • Talk with other dads and sharing experiences
  • Dad’s local support groups
  • Parenting education groups/antenatal group follow-up courses
  • Through the family doctor or Plunket nurse

 Find out which services Plunket offers in your area.

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