Under new plans to support women with postnatal depression, online counselling could be on the cards.
The Daily Mail reports:
New mothers suffering from postnatal depression are to be offered NHS counselling online over Skype.
Health officials have pledged to do more to help women facing the 'hugely emotional experience’ of motherhood.
Video chatting has been suggested as some women with young babies can be overwhelmed by the challenge of leaving the house for an NHS appointment. Instead of needing to deal with pushchairs, nappy bags and slings to go to a clinic, they can speak to someone quickly and easily using the internet.
The plans are part of what the paper calls a £365 million plan to help 30,000 additional women get specialist mental health care in the early stages of motherhood by 2021.
While I can see the drawbacks – the idea that some mums won't get in-person help being the obvious one – I think this is a brilliant approach to tackling postnatal depression among new mums. What a genius idea.
And I say that someone who's had counselling via Skype and found it enormously helpful and supportive at a time when seeing someone face-to-face was just too much, not to mention practical given that I was juggling running a business with looking after three children.
If getting support at that stage had necessitated me leaving the house and arranging childcare there's simply no way I would have accessed the help I needed. The fact that I didn't need to get dressed never mind dress the kids in order to talk things over and make sense of the mess in my head was what enabled me to get help.
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