Guernsey Post-Natal Depression Support Group is a Registered Charity (no.416) and was initially set up by local women, some of whom had suffered from PND themselves.
Our primary aim is to provide support for those suffering from PND, as well as their relatives and friends and increase awareness to reduce any stigma that may remain about suffering from or receiving help for PND.
A UK poll of 1,000 mothers and pregnant women found that 42% had never told their doctor or midwife about their symptoms of depression as they felt guilty, embarrassed or worried that others would judge them, think them mentally ill and take their children away. In a small community here in Guernsey, we are only too aware of how a stigma can prevent people from seeking the help they need.
Our support group can:
- Arrange to meet with you/your family
- Offer Practical Support
- Suggest Coping Methods
- Reassure you
- Put you in contact with other new mums
- Provide peer support with our closed group online so you can talk to other mums who are experiencing/have experienced PND.
Our volunteers offer support alongside that available from your GP and other health care professionals. Visiting your GP is of paramount importance. Our volunteers are viable to help support you with visiting the GP.
The second aim of our Charity is to facilitate links with our local health professionals and PND experts from the UK and further afield, who will be invited to enhance on- island understanding of the condition and provide networking opportunities where appropriate.
With the help of a qualified professional from the UK, we hope to set up a service that will act as an informal support structure to those individuals who have progressed positively in the treatment of their condition and are able to meet in a group.
We have engaged and are supported by treatment providers within HSSD and local GPs as well as other related services such as Midwives, Health Visitors and other groups whose target audience we share but for different support (such as Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation/ IVF parents, etc.).