Pregnancy and the first few months after birth can be difficult for parents. Some experience a range of emotions such happiness and joy mixed with stress and frustration. It is common for new mothers to feel tearful, have mood swings and feel irritable more than usual. We know this to be the “baby blues”. For some parents, these symptoms do not last for very long while for others it can take a long time for these symptoms to pass.
The Luton Wellbeing Service is offering a Postnatal Depression Group to help these mothers who are experiencing persistent low mood and anxiety symptoms relating to being a new mum. 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 run for 8 weeks with 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 have anyone you feel who would benefit from this course, please send a referral to the Luton Wellbeing Service on 01582 393130 or ask the client to self refer.