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NHS help for new mums in Yarmouth and Waveney with anxiety or depression
21/08/2014

New mums in Great Yarmouth and Waveney who are feeling down, anxious or stressed can access a free service run by the local NHS Wellbeing service.

The Wellbeing team in Great Yarmouth and Waveney currently runs a course aimed at mums who have had a baby and who have symptoms of depression or anxiety that have developed since the birth of their child, or during pregnancy.

The Wellbeing service, provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, provides helps for mums based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles, and provides the opportunity to learn techniques in a group setting.

Clinical lead Nicola Taylor said: "It's not unusual to feel down or
anxious when you've had a baby and it's also a time when, if you already have had mental health problems, you are more likely to become ill again, than at other times in your life. Our services can help women deal with those feelings. It's better to seek help than try to struggle on on your own."

After giving birth it's not uncommon for women to experience the 'baby blues' - a time when they may feel low and tearful, and it usually occurs in the first week after the birth.

It's a result of the normal hormonal changes taking place in the body
and affects many new mothers. But for some women, pregnancy and birth can trigger more serious depression.

Feeling low or anxious can also persist for some time after a new baby and the NHS Wellbeing service is designed to help mums who have toddlers as well as newborns.

Symptoms that may indicate you are depressed include:

  • Feeling very sad and hopeless

  • Not sleeping well

  • Lack of interest or pleasure in doing things

  • Loss of appetite

People can be referred by their GP, midwife or health visitor or they can refer themselves by calling 0300 123 1503, or visiting www.readytochange.org.uk‚Äč