Friends and family
Just sharing your thoughts with another person can make you feel much better. And being open with someone you know and trust can help you think about how best to share your feelings with other people, if you need to.
Mind has some useful tips for talking about your mental health with friends and family.
If you’d rather talk to someone outside your family and friends, you could try talking to other parents through networks like Mumsnet, Netmums or Dad.info.
Online and phone services
There are lots of charities and organisations that are here to help people with their mental health.
- Mind has information about lots of aspects of mental health – and a helpline where you can talk to someone about how to get the support you need. They also have specific information on parenting and mental health.
- Hub of Hope can help you find mental health services in your area.
Your GP is there for both your physical and mental health. They’ll listen and can suggest a way forward – like self-help resources, medication or counselling. They may also make a diagnosis and refer you to a mental health specialist, like a psychiatrist.
They should also schedule regular appointments with you to check how you’re doing.
Mind has some useful guidance on preparing to talk to your GP.
If you’re pregnant or have recently had a baby, you could talk to your midwife or health visitor too.
You might want to think about counselling, or talking therapy. Your GP can refer you to free counselling sessions or you can sign up directly through the NHS if you live in England.
You can also pay to see a private counsellor or therapist. If you’re on a low income, always check to see if they’ll reduce their fee.
To find a counsellor or therapist, the Counselling Directory and BACP are good places to start. Relate offers relationship and family counselling in centres around the UK, as well as online and over the phone. If you’re working, your employer might offer free counselling through an employee assistance programme (EAP).