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Postnatal depression: advice and support

Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

Support is available, locally, to help and guide new mothers and their families through the stress of pregnancy.

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Postnatal depression: the facts

Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after they have given birth.

The NHS says postnatal depresson tends to develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, often becoming more apparent after around six months.

Teenage mothers are at higher risk of developing postnatal depression.

The condition can go unnoticed, with many women unaware of having it.

Symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.

More information can be found on the NHS website.

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'No shame' in getting help for a mental health illness

A man from Carlisle is urging people who live with stress, panic, anxiety or depression to seek help.

Barrie Osgood says since his diagnosis, he has benefited from a mixture of medication, and from going to Ways to Wellbeing courses.

The courses, run by The Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust, have been attended by more than 700 people since they launched .

In Cumbria, about 125,000 people will be affected by a mental health illness during their lifetime.

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