Having a new baby is a big life change, it can be an exciting time but also a very difficult time as well. It is common to experience a period of ‘baby blues’ after having a baby but sometimes this period can be prolonged and turn into feelings of anxiety and low mood that do not go away. You may notice you are crying more, your appetite has changed, you don’t want to go out, you are avoiding things……You may also be thinking more negatively about yourself, others, the future and about motherhood.
The 8 week programme ‘Postnatal Depression/Anxiety’ focuses on those issues. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) the course aims to help participants to understand thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected and of how we can challenge our thoughts and change our behaviours to hopefully make us feel better.
The course is a small group of new Mothers with a crèche available for babies/small children at the ABC Children’s Centre in the Mall in Luton Town Centre. The group gives an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences and together build new strategies to cope. The course requires commitment as participants are asked to complete different tasks between the sessions and are asked to attend all the sessions provided.
The topics we are going to cover are:
Session 1: Introduction to the group
Session 2: Understanding anxiety
Session 3 : Understanding depression
Session 4: Introducing Behavioural Activation
Session 5: Understanding negative thoughts
Session 6: Understanding worry – learning about the different kinds of worry
Session 7: What are intrusive thoughts?
Session 8 : Blueprinting – What have you learnt? What has been helpful?
If you would like to attend this course, please contact the Luton Wellbeing Service on 01582 393130 to self refer and complete a short assessment before attending the course.