If you are worried about someone close to you, you can:
- Gently ask if they are able or willing to share what is going on
- Reassure them that they are not alone. There are things that can be done to help
- Suggest that they speak to their GP, other trusted health professional
Counselling is highly recommended to anyone suffering from antenatal depression. It can be a very effective way to express and explain in your own words what you are feeling. It can also be effective in that it gives your GP or other health professional an insight into the symptoms and their severity.
If you’re worried you could have antenatal anxiety or depression, be assured that many other women and men have come through this experience to find joy and fulfilment as a parent. You are not alone, and you don’t have to go through it alone.
Positively Pregnant is one of the free apps available to help during pregnancy. It provides resources, strategies and tools to help you to reflect, de-stress, and find what works for you and your whānau. In conjunction with Waikato Link and The University of Waikato | Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Positively Pregnant is an app to help parents in Aotearoa New Zealand to navigate the social and emotional changes and challenges of pregnancy and early parenting. The latest version of the app can be found in both IOS and Android stores. For further information visit the website here: www.positivelypregnant.org.nz