6 Mental Health Resources for New Mums
For many new mothers, parenting can bring a variety of challenges that can feel insurmountable. The long nights, the social isolation, and the guilt of not measuring up that seems to permeate motherhood can all take a toll on any mother’s mental health. Not being able to leave a child at home in order to get to a therapist appointment should not be the deciding factor in whether or not a mum has access to treatment. And that is why we love the option of online counselling. For surprisingly low costs, anyone can access high quality, licensed therapists who specialize in specific issues. What does that mean for a new mum? It means access to help without having to move mountains.
Talk Space gives clients the flexibility and privacy they need by conducting therapy online. The first step is to fill out an online assessment in order to get matched with a therapist. From there, you can choose from a variety of plans, and insurance may help cover it. And then, using text and video, you can begin your therapy sessions.
Better Help is a great option for those who want to use text or email, video or voice to conduct their therapy sessions. Their huge pool of licensed therapist’s offer opportunities to work with one who specializes in specific issues such as parenting, family conflicts, trauma, LGBTQ+ matters, addictions, and many more.
Mothers who experience postpartum depression suffer through an array of symptoms that can include overwhelming feelings of anxiety or sadness that can interfere with their ability to connect with and care for their baby. This is why online counselling to treat PPD is so important because a therapist can meet a mother exactly where she is via the internet, from the comfort of her own home.
This free service does not include talk therapy. Instead, this is an eight-week course to help anyone who wants to manage their depression. These self-guided courses are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which has been long-known to be an effective treatment for depression. Each session begins with a tool that helps you measure your mood, gives you educational lessons on how to manage emotions and moods, and gives you the chance to practice cognitive behavioural techniques to reinforce the lessons.
7 Cups is perfect for those who maybe do not need mental health services but do need to feel heard and seen. This organisation uses a huge network of volunteer 'listeners' who will listen to anyone who needs to unload. They have volunteers geared toward teens, adults, and for specific issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, LGBTQ+ and more. This is not therapy but rather, an opportunity to connect with other people through texting or phone calls.
Health Sapiens is an affordable online therapy option for those looking for a subscription-based model. Meaning, you pay a monthly fee for services that you expect to continue over the course of a longer period of time. Depending on how many sessions you need a month, the fee works out to be one of the most affordable options out there and includes access to board-certified licensed therapists.
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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.