Strategies that work

How to Help a Woman Survive Postnatal Depression

Assess sleeping problems:


Assess eating patterns:

Focus on the basics:

Help the mother to develop a support system:

Help her to identify and express her feelings:

Recognise the good job that she is doing:

Ask the woman to tell you what she needs:

Encourage her to rediscover her sense of humour:

Suggest postponing major life changes:

Reassure her:

(Adapted from: Grazyna Mancewicz & Sherry Thompson (St. Joseph’s Women’s Health Centre, Ontario)


Understanding PND

Help for Family and Friends

Help for Depression in Pregnancy