Honesty of singer Adele will help other mums - CPFT health visitor

Women urged to talk if they struggle with post natal depression

Honesty of singer Adele will help other mums - CPFT health visitor
02 November 2016

Health visitors from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have praised Adele for opening up about her battle with post natal depression.

The 28-year-old has told Vanity Fair magazine how she struggled to cope with motherhood following the birth of her son.

Chris Cockell, (pictured) a team manager for CPFT’s health visiting service in Peterborough, said the singer’s decision to speak out will come as a comfort to other mothers.

Chris, who has been a health visitor for 26 years, said: “It is very welcome that Adele has put in the issue of post natal depression into the public domain. It is something that affects many women, and her words will make other mums realise that if they are struggling with their feelings then they are not alone.”

Postnatal depression is a condition that many parents experience after having a baby. According to NHS figures, it affects more than one in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.

CPFT, the community and mental health provider, runs the health visiting service in Peterborough with staff seeing every one of the 3,500 children born in the city each year.

Chris said: “We are trained to ask the right questions and spot any mother, father or partner, we meet who may be suffering from post natal depression. My colleagues and I meet every mum during their antenatal visit at between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy and again when we check their baby up to 14 days after birth and at their six week check. Ours is a universal service which means mums can continue to contact us up until their child is five-year-old.

“If at any point they are troubled by their feelings we can advise them to go and speak to their GP, access mental health services run by CPFT, or help them connect with groups including charities and organisations near to them.

“The most important thing is that mums open up about their feelings and not bottle things up as there is help and support available.”


ENDS


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

 

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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