Suffering in Silence


70,000 reasons why help with postnatal depression has to be better.

This report presents new research from 4Children that shows that many families are suffering the consequences of postnatal depression in silence; that if and when they do seek help mothers are not getting the swift access to the range of treatment options they need; and that this is having a detrimental impact on families across Britain.

Results from our survey, undertaken by the parenting club Bounty for this report, reveal that a toxic combination of lack of awareness of the symptoms of postnatal depression and fear of the stigma attached to it are preventing thousands of new mothers from seeking help at the early stages of this illness. This, despite that fact that an estimated one in ten new mothers will suffer from it – approximately 70,000 women a year in England and Wales – from across the social spectrum. The good news is that there are relatively simple solutions available, as the report's recommendations reveal.

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Suffering in Silence

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