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Mental health and wellbeing – How can I help myself?

If you feel like you want to harm yourself or are having thoughts of suicide, it’s important to tell someone straight away. If you're in crisis and need urgent help, please visit our page on getting support in a mental health crisis.  

We understand that you may be worried about the pregnancy or having a baby. Some of the common things include:

  • Changes that bound to happen in your life of becoming a parent.
  • Stopping work.
  • Changes in your relationships.
  • Whether you’ll be a good parent.
  • Fear that there will be complications with pregnancy or with your baby.
  • Fear of childbirth.
  • Lack of support around you and being alone.

Mental health difficulties can happen to anyone at any time. You won’t be judged for how you feel. Your pregnancy care team, including your GP, midwife and health visitor are there to help you stay well.

Self-help tips to support you becoming a new parent

Becoming a new parent can be an overwhelming experience. Be mindful of how you’re feeling and take time to look after yourself and your needs. Here are some useful self-help tips to support you becoming a new parent:

Self-help resources and useful links

The following resources can be used to access support if you are struggling with your mental health and wellbeing: