How to Support a Parent With Their Postpartum Mental Health

HOW BEST TO SUPPORT A MĀMĀ, PARTNER OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH
  • Put them as number one – in order to look after the baby, they have to be looked after first.
  • Gather family support and make them part of the solution.
  • Invite them to join a support group or share with their coffee group.
  • Give them some time out on their own to do something they enjoy. It could be as simple as going for a walk without the baby, listening to a meditation, or having a relaxing bath.
  • Just listen. You don’t need to fix the problem for them, you just need to let them be heard.
  • Ensure they’re eating a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated.
  • If they’re your friend, next time you visit be sure to bring them a meal that can easily be reheated in the oven or microwave.
  • Encourage them to avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

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