Hull charity helping antenatal sufferers all over the world

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by KCFM

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A Hull charity that supports thousands of families with postnatal and antenatal depression says their services are in demand abroad.

House of Light wants more support for the mental health conditions, which can affect 1 in 7 mothers after giving birth. They say they’ve received calls from people in Greece and America due to the lack of services available over there.

Sarah Straker is from the charity: “I think it’s only been in the last few years that people have dared come forward and admit that that’s how they’re feeling.

“There’s a stigma attached to it that if you admit that you’ve got postnatal depression someone’s going to come and take your kids away, and that stops a lot of women coming forward.”

Joanne Morton, who is a manager and therapist at the charity, says: “It doesn’t matter if it’s your first child or if you’ve had three and then you get it.

“Talking about it is massive and removing this stigma because it’s not about how you feel towards your bady, it’s how the mum feels inside. It is an illness and there’s so much that can be done.

“These days mums should not be struggling and suffering in silence.”

Joanne explains some of the signs: “Feeling tired all the time, feeling hopeless like there’s nothing to look forward to any more, crying for no particular reason.

“There can be good and bad days. This can be the misleading thing with PND because you think ‘I’m not too bad today’.

“But if you’re struggling, talking to somebody could be a massive relief.”


Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by KCFM

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