Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWelcome to the third week of Women's Health After Motherhood. This week, we continue to look at what the women in the MAMMI study told us what they wished they'd known. So you can learn that many of these health problems are common, but they are not normal, and they can be treated. Today we're going to focus on two different issues, but they're related. First, we look at how you can get help from any mental health issues that you might be experiencing. Many women don't seek help from a health care professional because of embarrassment, fear, or even stigma.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsThis week, we'll share tips and strategies and tools to give you the confidence to speak with a health care professional, and speak up, and speak out, and ask for help. The second part of the week we're focusing on emotional and mental well-being in motherhood and after motherhood. Motherhood could be a wonderful time of contentment, great happiness. But also, most of us will experience some uncertainty and worry. It's a time of transition. Physical, hormonal, emotional changes-- they're all happening. And some anxiety and confusion can be considered normal around this time. Today you learn what it means to be mentally well. You learn tips, strategies for maintaining positive mental health and know how and when you need to seek help.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsMy colleague, researcher, and mental health expert Agnes Higgins is going to tell you what we learned from the women we've talked to and take you through the range of issues that can impact on your mental health and well-being, particularly anxiety. Dr. John Sheehan will take you through some of the language used around depression, and he'll take you through and have a look at what a treatment plan for depression might look like. Before we start, take a few minutes to think about what you've heard from others about mental health in and around motherhood. And again, how do you know what is and isn't based on research and evidence?

Welcome to week 3

Welcome back to the course, and thanks for all your comments and insights. This week we will be looking at how you can get help for physical and mental issues you might be facing, and exploring mental wellbeing in motherhood.

Having the confidence to talk to a healthcare professional can sometimes be difficult, but we will be sharing tips, strategies and tools to advocate for your own health care.

  • You will listen to mothers who have experienced mental health issues and how they sought help when they needed it.

  • Find out how to speak up for yourself and your health.

  • We will be sharing a checklist that you can bring with you to your doctor or healthcare professional to help you gather your thoughts before and during your appointment.

  • We will be exploring postnatal depression and anxiety, how to identify it, and when to seek help.

Thanks for joining us on this course, and we hope you enjoy this week.

Please note that this week is an educational resource, and not a therapeutic tool. If you find any of the content distressing or experience suicidal thoughts or are thinking about harming yourself, it is important that you seek professional help immediately. The resources available on each step will link you to a comprehensive list of support options accessible worldwide.

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