Check­list to help moth­ers

Sunday Herald Sun - - NEWS - SO­PHIE SMITH

NEW and ex­pec­tant moth­ers are be­ing urged be mind­ful of their men­tal health as post­na­tal de­pres­sion comes into sharp fo­cus.

Not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion be­yond­blue is pro­vid­ing an on­line check­list for mums as part of Peri­na­tal De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Aware­ness Week, from to­mor­row.

The 10-ques­tion check­list, based on the Ed­in­burgh Post­na­tal De­pres­sion Scale, al­lows par­ents and their doc­tors a gauge on cop­ing and pro­vides ad­vice.

Ex­pec­tant mother Laura Mazza sup­ported the ini­tia­tive af­ter suf­fer­ing post­na­tal de­pres­sion dur­ing her first two preg­nan­cies.

“It was a re­ally hard time and I couldn’t un­der­stand why I didn’t have those gush­ing feel­ings of love that you’re sup­posed to have for your baby,” Ms Mazza said.

“I felt like I was a bad mother. When I did ask for help, I felt this enor­mous sense of re­lief be­cause I could be open about how I was feel­ing and I got the sup­port I needed.”

Be­yond­blue CEO Ge­orgie Har­man said the check­list would en­able moth­ers to get the sup­port they needed.

Grant Hack­ett in Prahran, fol­low­ing his move to Mel­bourne to be close to his ex-wife, Candice, be­low with one of their twins. Main pic­ture: ROB LEESON

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