Some of the parents who spoke about the ‘things that mattered to them’ at the Healthy Happy Bairn’s conference outlined the impact depression following birth can have on women and their families. So a new report on the impact of postnatal depression with case studies and practical suggestions as to how families can be helped through better and more aware services is timely.
In Britain today, we are letting families down by not preparing them for the possibility of postnatal depression and not acting quickly or appropriately when it occurs – as a result we are stacking up problems for the future and causing needless misery for thousands. We believe that the recommendations in this report have the potential to give new strength to families at a crucial stage in their lives with long term, positive consequences. Failure to deliver this change means more unnecessary suffering and the spiralling costs of the consequences. We cannot afford to do nothing.