"Support for other parents feeling a bit down or having an off day"
About: Kirkby East Children's Centre Kirkby East Children's Centre Kirkby in Ashfield
Posted by Xsmithx (as ),
I had my second child 8 months ago and with sleepless nights it can make me bit teary. I get fantastic support from Sure Start but it's got me thinking about support that other parents get if they are feeling a bit down or having an off day. I was wondering if there could be some kind of support group where mums, dads or guardians could go and know there's going to be someone that's feeling the same.
If you're suffering from baby blues, you don't always want to tell Sure Start staff in play group about how low you are feeling or have the confidence to admit you are feeling low. If there was a group where mums or dads could go and talk about how they feeling or have a good cry or even if it's just a hug, they could be told everything is going to be ok and they could realise they aren't on their own.
It affects the whole family when a parent is feeling quite low. This could be run by volunteers that have had low moods or suffered from post natal depression themselves. So it would be like a peer support group for parents that are suffering from baby blues or had couple of sleepless night or suffering with post natal depression. I do feel there's a lot of parents out there that may be feeling like this.