There is not enough conversation around Post Natal Depression (PND). There. I said it. There simply isn’t. Now in a way I’m opening with this because most people will have some awareness that this is an issue. What I’m going to say next might sound like the same problem but its not. There is not enough conversation around Post Natal Wellbeing. What’s the difference? Read on.
You hear about people that suffer from Post Natal Depression as if it’s an overnight diagnosis, as if the person was fine one minute and not the next but if you speak to women (and men, yes it happens!) who are new parents and are suffering from PND, they will likely tell you that it was a gradual process until they got to the point that enough was enough and they needed help. Of course, some never seek help at all.
If you’ve been following Mission Thrive for a while now, you may already have an understanding of what Positive Psychology is but it may be helpful to share a definition here:
“Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive” Positive Psychology Center
Firstly, it has been shown across various populations that providing measures that are preventative is often more effective than jumping in at the last minute to ‘help’ somebody. Secondly, Positive Psychology promotes the idea that it is as important to improve ‘normal’ lives as it is to help people suffering from mental illness. Why is this so important? Well, if you give people the tools to monitor and manage their own mental health, they are more likely to seek help if they do reach a point in their lives when this may be helpful.
So my proposal is this. We need to journey with new parents as they enter into this new phase of their lives. We need to be able to talk about our mental health openly, not just when we need help. We need people in our lives that we can talk to. However, we also need to feel empowered and supported to face ourselves and our own feelings. We need to be able to look at what it is that will support our individual wellbeing as we go on this post natal journey and we need to make intentional steps every day towards our wellbeing goals.
I will be launching two projects for mums in November this year. Watch out on Facebook and Instagram for the project outlines going live soon! If you want to sign up to the pre-launch email list and find out first about our exciting pre-launch events for mums, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org