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Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis if you are pregnant or a new parent

6 April 2020

The latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the NHS website.

With all the news and developments around Covid-19 (Coronavirus) recently, we appreciate this is a stressful time for everyone.  If you are expecting a baby or looking after a young child, you may be feeling particularly worried and anxious.

It is really important that you make sure you look after your own mental health and wellbeing, especially if you are isolating yourself from your friends and family.  Having support around you is particularly important when you or your partner are pregnant or have a young baby, so think about who you can talk to if you feel that you are not coping well.

Some things that you might consider doing to support your mental health are:

  • Discuss any worries with your midwife or health visitor.  Look for relevant contact details in your maternity notes or your baby’s red book.
  • If you are already under the care of a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife, Specialist Health Visitor or a mental health worker you can get in touch to discuss your situation.
  • You may find it helpful to try self-help resources such as apps, websites and books.  See the resources provided below for more information.
  • You may wish to join an online support group for expectant and new parents, or one that is specifically for people with mental health needs via social media.  See the resources provided below for more information.

It is important that you follow the most recent advice around keeping you and your family safe and continue to make decisions that are right for your family.   The latest advice from the UK Government is available online.

If you have appointments with midwives, health visitors, doctors or mental health support, it is important to keep up with these.  Some of these may now be offered as telephone calls rather than face-to-face.  If you are worried about attending appointments in person, or unsure if these are going ahead, contact your provider to get the latest update.  The Royal College of Midwives website has a list of FAQs that you may find useful.

If you are worried about your mental health, you can get in touch with a health professional such as your usual GP, midwife, health visitor or mental health worker.

If you or someone you are concerned about are experiencing a mental health crisis, feeling despairing or suicidal, there are services you can approach:

Useful phone numbers in Lancashire and South Cumbria:

Useful online information and telephone support resources:

Resources for self-help: