We’ve compiled a list of websites that you may find useful resources for (perinatal) depression and anxiety.
If you know of any further relevant resources that you can recommend, please let us know 🙂
The NHS began the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in 2008 and has transformed treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression in England.
IAPT in Coventry and Warwickshire accept self-referral. The Coventry and Warwickshire IAPT site has many self-help resources which you may find useful.
Details for IAPT services in other areas can be found on the NHS website.
The Pandas Foundation aims “To be the UK’s most recognised and trusted support service for families suffering prenatal/antenatal and postnatal illnesses.”
They are there to help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They are also there to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.
If you’re given the time and space to talk things through, you can find a way through your problems.
Samaritans help you to explore your options so you can make decisions that are right for you.
PNI.org.uk is a charity run by sufferers and past sufferers (survivors) of Post Natal Illness (PNI).
It is through the hard work of Veritee Reed Hall that the charity still stands today, with a group of dedicated individuals working alongside her to raise awareness of PNI, making women feel welcome, supported and cared for at PNI.org.uk
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance have some interesting information, including maps showing the current situation regarding perinatal mental health services across the country. At present, Coventry and Warwickshire are in the red (no provision of these services).
Mental Health Matters was established 32 years ago by families and carers in the North East, to provide support and care for people they loved with mental health problems.
Today, it has grown into a major national organisation supporting 15,500 people per month with mental health needs, learning disabilities and other conditions across the UK. It provides support to thousands of people every year, covering many aspects of their lives: from psychological and well-being therapeutic recovery interventions through to everyday employment, housing, independent and community support needs.
Dads Matter is an organisation that aims to raise awareness amongst dads and to encourage open discussion and disclosure of anxiety, depression and post- traumatic stress.
They highlight that for every mum going through postnatal depression there is a dad going through the same traumas. Health professionals need to support families as a whole, dads included.
They aim to educate everyone on the impact of perinatal mental health and make sure that everyone remembers that “Dads Matter” too!
Rethink Your Mind is a project developed by those with experience of mental health challenges, themselves service users – its purpose tocreatively express well-being.
People submit creative work from all over the country for free around the theme of “I Feel Better When I Am…”
The creative expressions take a look at what helps to keep us positive and well. Every entry in the poetry and artwork category is featured on their site for everyone to browse and view.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Their information resources are aimed at adults living in England or Wales who have direct experience of mental health problems.
They cover mental health conditions, treatments, recovery, staying well and legal issues relating to mental health.
Warwickshire County Council offer the Self-help Library Books On Prescription service
They can help you manage your health and wellbeing with self-help books, eBooks and CDs, covering mental health topics like:
All titles are recommended by health professionals.
Fitter Futures Warwickshire services aim to support people across Warwickshire to improve their health through maintaining a healthy weight, become physically more active and having a healthier lifestyle.
This includes discounted or free access to council gyms and slimming world if you struggle with depression and/or anxiety or have a bmi over 30.
You may need to be referred by a health/social care professional. Their website will tell you if you are eligible for a service and if you are permitted to refer yourself or if you have to be referred by someone else.
Centre for Clinical Interventions provides a series of self-help workbooks.
If you suffer from a condition that is affecting your mental health and are looking for specific information about different types of problems then the information packages may be relevant to you. They consist of a number of modules that you can complete online, or you can save the modules to your computer and work through them onscreen in your own time. Alternatively, you can print out the modules and work through them by hand.
The Blurt Foundation recognises that whilst depression is a common condition, there are a lot of misconceptions about it. Blurt work hard to increase understanding of depression, from the perspective of those who’ve actually experienced it.
They blog about living with, managing, and supporting others with depression in a friendly, accessible way. Their resources explain key issues clearly – They don’t believe in complicating things unnecessarily. Plus everything they do comes with a heavy dollop of empathy.