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Mental Health Archives – Page 3 of 8 – Isablog

What About the Dads? – NHS Perinatal Mental Health Plan Doesn’t Mention Dads

In an article posted on the Guardian, the NHS plan to invest heavily in perinatal mental health over the coming years. They said that “only 3% of the country had good access to perinatal mental health care as recently as 2014, but that it expected to have extended that to 100% by next April.”  And they also said that they will be “putting into effect a second wave of community perinatal services, costing £23m, as part of a wider package of measures aimed at providing care to 30,000 more women by 2021.” But whilst these plans are great, there is…

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Why Maternal Mental Health Week is So Important

If you asked me a few years ago what my thoughts were about awareness days, I probably would have told you that they were a waste of time. And if I’m honest, some of them still are. I mean I don’t think we really need a Richter Scale Day. Perhaps I’m missing something on that one, but some of these days have gotten a little silly. But right now there’s a very important one going on, and that’s World Maternal Mental Health Week. Why Maternal Mental Health Week is So Important For me, Maternal Mental Health week is vital for those…

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I Didn’t Hate My Daughter – I Hated Myself

This has been a massive week for me on a personal level. If you’ve read this blog before you might have heard me say that I hated Isabelle when she was born. There are so many places that have that headline. I’m obviously not going to list them all. But for a long time I thought it to be true. And whilst recording a video to talk about the last few days, which saw my letter to Isabelle hit the media outlets, I realised something. I might have hated myself, and not my daughter. I Didn’t Hate My Daughter, I…

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Letter to My Baby: I Suffered From Postnatal Depression When You Were Born

I like writing Isabelle letters to her future self. This is going to be one of them. I should really do them more often, but I feel that this is going to be one of the more important ones. This letter to my baby is going to be about the fact I had postnatal depression when she was born. I want to tell her about it, and this is part of the way I’m going to do it. When I came out with my story, I had a lot of people saying it was bad as my baby would eventually…

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Teething Sometimes Turns Me Into a Bad Dad

Last night I really didn’t like my daughter. She was a teething, screaming mess and instead of looking at her with concern and sympathy, I just thought she was a DICK. Basically, I wasn’t the best dad I could’ve been. In all honesty, I was a pretty bad dad. And unfortunately I sometimes get like that when teething seemingly takes over. Teething Sometimes Turns Me Into a Bad Dad Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not that much of a bad dad. The vast majority of the time I’m really good with Isabelle. But like most people, I do have…

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