This last year has been difficult for everyone, especially for new mums. Lots of mums will be feeling the same as you, so it can be helpful to talk to other new mums. This can help you find ways of coping, and remind you that you're not alone. Although face to face groups have not started back, many groups are running online, including peer support groups.
Remember, when looking for support online it's important to stay safe. Here are some questions to ask when looking at a peer support group:
- Who is running the support group?
- Can I find out if they have mental health first aid training?
- Do they have knowledge of signposting routes for further support?
- Does the group have guidelines? What are they?
Peer support groups should be clear about what they offer and should be happy to spend time discussing any questions you may have. The charity Mind has helpful pages about what peer support is and how to access it. If in doubt ask your midwife, health visitor, family nurse or GP.
You may also be able to form an extended household with one other household, which could be a great source of support for you. You can find out more information on extended households here.
There are lot of other ways to find support for your mental health. A directory of third sector services supporting mental health for women, babies and their families can be found here.
Remember that you’re not alone – all of us struggle from time to time. And it's also important to remember you can still access support during this time. Talk to your midwife, health visitor, family nurse or GP if you’re finding it all a bit much.