Before and after birth you will be in contact with a variety of health professionals, from your GP, through to the Midwife and Health Visitors. These are the people who are trained to listen, and have the knowledge and skills to help you get better. If it helps when you talk to them take your partner or a close friend with you for moral support and to help explain how things are. When you’re low its sometimes hard for you to explain what your situation is and what you think might be the problem.
As well as speaking to a health professional you may find it helpful to talk to a close friend or sympathetic member of your family about how you are feeling.
New mums groups are often a good source of support. They provide somewhere to talk about the ups and downs of having a new baby with people in the same position as you. It can help to stop you feeling isolated.
Its not always easy to find time to access the internet at this point in time, but if you have moved to a new area or don’t know any new mums, Netmums is a good source of information and contacts: http://www.netmums.com/
Some areas of the country have local Postnatal depression support groups, these can provide a variety of support through one to one sessions, telephone support and e-mail support. Your health visitor may know of one near you, or you may be able to find out where your nearest one is from going to the Netmums website: http://www.netmums.com. You can also contact the charity HomeStart: http://www.home-start.org.uk/ who specialise in supporting families in communities.
However, where a person has severe postnatal depression it is vital that they are supported by specialist health professionals who will monitor their condition closely and take appropriate action where necessary.