Puerperal Psychosis & related illnesses

Getting help

Information for sufferers

The biggest step is in realising you're ill. Once you've done that, you're half way to recovery.

Your family and friends

Though it might seem unfair to burden those dearest to you about they way you're feeling, they are those who know you the best and can help you to get through it. A friendly shoulder to cry on can actually work wonders, and you should be able to trust friends and family not to tell anyone if you don't want them to.

The Samaritans

If you feel you need to talk, but can't face talking face to face, Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Their telephone number is 08457 90 90 90, or you can email jo@samaritans.org

This site

Feel free to post a message in our forum. It can be completely anonymous, but will be seen and answered by visitors to this site.

Your health visitor, GP or midwife

These are the people who can offer you ongoing physical support and medication should you need it. They are all very experienced in helping women with depression and psychoses, and you can be assured of confidentiality.

Association for Post Natal Illness

The Association has a countrywide network of phone and postal volunteers, who have had, and recovered from post-natal illness. The volunteers are carefully vetted to ensure that they are completely well, that they have had no previous mental illness and that they are not oppossed to drug therapy. If you would like a volunteer to contact you, email info@apni.org