Having a baby is amazing, but tough. Feeling down, lost, anxious or alone at any point in pregnancy and early motherhood is perfectly natural and incredibly common, but it is important to take seriously and to seek help. South West London has an incredible amount of resources at your disposal so don`t delay in making use of them to feel better about yourself and your situation.

Below is a list of useful resources for local mental health support for mums and dads in pregnancy and early parenthood. Your first port of call should be your health visitor and/or GP, who can refer you on to local councillors or self-help groups. Your NCT antenatal teacher or breastfeeding counsellor would also be able to suggest where to find support.

Local support groups include:
https://www.cedarhousesupportgroup.com/supportgroups in Balham
http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/support-groups-local/ in Tooting and New Malden
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds.aspx in Kingston and Wandsworth

If you prefer talking to others online about how you feel, an option is Big White Wall, an online social network where communities can discuss common mental health problems. It is supported by trained "wall guides". 

For one to one options, find local, trained counsellors through British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapistsor through a referral from your local GP. 

NCT`s Hidden Half campaign is petitioning for better 6 week postnatal check-ups to help the 50% of women reporting to suffer an emotional or mental health problem after the birth of a child. To learn more or to sign up to show your support visit NCT Hidden Half.  

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