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Integrating therapy, other services, or information into routine visits can make getting help easier and chip away at the stigma regarding postpartum depression.
Unlike the “baby blues,” which are commonly associated with mild feelings of worry and fatigue after having a baby, postpartum depression is a mood disorder characterized by a broad range of symptoms including anxiety, extreme sadness, and exhaustion.
We are starting the New Year with a poignant reminder by the Medicated Mommy blogger.
“I consider myself lucky. Maybe not lucky to have gone through the debilitating experience of postpartum depression (although looking back I am grateful–more on that in my next post), but fortunate enough to have recognized something was very wrong within 48 hours of being home from the hospital with my son. Upon this realization… The help I needed came in many different forms during my struggle that first year.”
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The confusions and perceptions surrounding perinatal anxiety and depression are preventing new and expecting mums from seeking help.
“I’m looking down at my baby on my chest and I’m feeling nothing, whilst my husband was besotted with her. He was so overwhelmed with joy and I didn’t have that. I wasn’t feeling how I should.” Sara Gerritsma
Bearing the shame of this illness can prevent new parents like Gerritsma from seeking help early and can leave them suffering in silence for longer.
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We are looking for a new research officer to join our team.
‘The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) requires the services of a Research Officer/Senior Research Officer (SRO). This is a full time post for a one-year contract with appointment starting as soon as possible.
The appointee will be based at the PMHP offices on UCT’s Sawkins Road campus in Cape Town, but may need to travel locally and nationally.’
Congratulation to our director, Dr Simone Honikman, who has been elected to the board of The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health.
She is the first board member from the African continent and will take office at the International Marcé Society Biennial Scientific Conference 2016 in Melbourne, where she will give an oral presentation and conduct a workshop.
This and more exciting news about the PMHP activities in our latest newsletter.
Until the late 1990s depression was not widely recognised in Japan, that changed when an advertising campaign called it a “cold of the soul”!
“Depression” was a word rarely heard outside psychiatric circles. Some claimed this was because people in Japan simply did not suffer depression.
They found ways to accommodate these feelings while somehow carrying on with life. And they gave low moods aesthetic expression – in art, in film, in the enjoyment of cherry blossom and their fleeting beauty.
Find out how the arts finally brought ‘depression’ out of the shadows and gave it a new name everybody could relate to in this BBC magazine special.
On the occasion of the first International Fathers Mental Health Day, 20 June, Wessel Van Den Berg (Sonke Gender Justice) reflects on celebrating the unpaid care work mothers do, and how to encourage the dads who are already sharing the care.
“The recently released 2015 General Household Survey revealed a mixed bag for our children. There was a commendable increase in the number of five-year-olds enrolled in school, but at home the picture isn’t so rosy.
According to the survey, 63% of fathers do not live at home with their biological children. This number has remained more or less the same for the past decade. The fact is that there is a massive gap in father’s presence in children’s lives. And this is a problem.
The most obvious is that this may indicate less financial support provided by fathers to families. But there’s another reason fathers should be encouraged to be present and active in their children’s lives. It allows women and girls to achieve their full potential. That’s right: women and girls.”
Commitment to building mental health treatment capacity in Africa
is increasing but little agreement exists on strategies to train health workers on mental health or evaluation of training efforts.
The authors systematically reviewed published literature on interventions to train health-care workers in Africa on mental health.
Existing studies provide examples of many training and evaluation strategies, but evidence to draw conclusions about the efficacy of different training techniques is inadequate.
Key knowledge gaps include:
– development and testing of innovative educational strategies
– development of standardised, competency-based learning objectives and outcome measures
– and training that facilitates implementation of integrated mental health systems.
Read more on this systematic review and its outcomes at The Lancet Psychiatry
In our training and development approach we are emphasizing the need for support and self-care for health and social workers
Find out more about our training approach on our website