An internet-based treatment for post-natal depression
One in ten mothers in the UK experience postnatal depression. There are many symptoms, including difficulty sleeping, low mood and feeling unable to cope. For some women, postnatal depression can also cause problems with how the mother responds to her baby’s needs. Treatment with psychological therapies has a positive benefit but healthcare providers don’t have the resources to treat everyone who might benefit. Evidence suggests that many women with postnatal depression do not speak to their doctor or health visitor. This might be because they worry that people will think they are a bad parent. Netmums.com is a parenting website that has chat rooms supervised by trained parent supporters and specialist health visitors. The post-natal depression chat room is one of their busiest and Netmums has found that many people are very depressed, have been depressed for a long time and can’t find treatment in their local communities.