Today is World Mental Health Day 2021 – Mental health is such a relevant topic for us as parents
If you’re finding yourself struggling with your mental health, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and you won’t be judged. Many parents don’t speak out for fear that they’ll be deemed ‘not coping’, or told to ‘just get on with it’ – this really isn’t the case. World Mental Health Day is a fabulous opportunity to get the message out there and raise awareness.
Statistics show that approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents – this shows that we’re more likely, as parents, to need extra mental health support making the topic all the more relevant to us. Parents who commit suicide are more likely to have a child who does the same – this is why it is so vital for us to reach out.
As the World Federation For Mental Health states, there is NO health without mental health. We’d get a broken leg cast, we’d get a migraine treated, so why should mental health be any different? This is even more paramount as mummies and daddies with children who need us at our best!
What is World Mental Health Day?
Organised by the World Federation For Mental Health, World Mental Health Day is an awareness day aimed at;
- Educating the public about mental health
- Raising awareness of mental health
- Advocating against residual social stigmas surrounding mental health problems
This year’s specific agenda is 'Mental Health in an Unequal World', which we think is pretty relevant to the parenting community given the inequalities that parents often experience which can lead to stress, depression and a myriad of other mental health conditions - from being disadvantaged in the workplace, to struggling to access childcare, the list is endless and it can be seriously detrimental to our mental health!
Mental Health Stories By Real Parents
We asked our guest blogger community to contribute by sharing their own personal stories of mental health struggles, to show that you really aren't alone in this - there is no shame in reaching out and seeking the support that you need and deserve!
- A Letter To My Post Natal Depression
- Coping With My Depression
- A Letter To My Baby - I Had Post Natal Depression When You Were Born
The Best Mental Health Resources
For anyone out there reading this in the midst of mental health struggles, we thought that we should signpost you to the very best UK-based mental health resources and organisations for parents.
If you are feeling suicidal and in immediate danger, please never hesitate to contact 999. Otherwise, contact your GP for a chat as they will be able to refer you onwards if needed, or 111 if you are struggling out of GP hours.
- Association for Post Natal Illness (APNI) – call 0207 386 0868 (10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday)
- Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS) – call 0843 28 98 401 (9am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday
- Home Start - call 08000 686368
- Mind - call
From us, to you...
If you are struggling with your mental health, you are never alone in this. There is absolutely no shame in having a mental health dip; it doesn't reflect badly on you as a parent either. We are all human, at the end of the day! Our online parenting community is a great hub for mummies, daddies and caregivers who are struggling with many aspects of their lives, mental health being one of these topics, so if you're looking for an online support group, find us here.
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