Why we need to talk about Maternal Mental Health

In this week's podcast Leyla talks about why we all need to talk more about maternal mental health and what employers can do to support mothers. Continue Reading Why we need to talk about Maternal Mental Health

Welcome to the 140th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month, as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is loneliness, we are going to be focussing on supporting the mental health of various groups and combating loneliness. So to kick off we are starting with maternal mental health.

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In today’s show on Maternal Mental Health

  • About Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. [01:46]
  • How different cultures perceive mental illness related to pregnancy. [02:53]
  • What is postnatal depression? [04:19]
  • How peri and postnatal depression can affect some mothers. [04:27]
  • Tips for employers on how to manage returning parents. [07:21]

Quotes on Maternal Mental Health

  • Around 20% of women experience perinatal mental illness.
  • Often, when we talk about mental ill-health in the workplace, we relate it to stress but of course, that stress could be internal it could be external.
  • After giving birth to a child, many mothers experience or can experience a period of mental ill-health known as postnatal depression.
  • Having a family and giving someone is a life-changing event and can have lasting effects on parents, emotionally and physically.
  • For some, returning to work as a parent can be highly stressful, so employers need to be aware of the potential strain and how the returning parent, in particular, the mother, wants to manage her mental well being, her parenting and also her role at work.

Resources on Maternal Mental Health

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