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'How can we encourage women with post-natal depression to seek help?'

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Sherry was struck by how effective treatment of post-natal depression can be, but realised the importance of raising awareness

Sherry Carter-PND poster

Sherry designed a poster to help spread awareness

Over the past three years as an adult nursing student I have been taught by mentors from different nursing specialities both in clinical practice and at university.

They have all highlighted how fundamental it is that we provide holistic, patient-centred care that is evidence-based and represents the 6Cs.

In placement I’ve realised how important it is to assess not just the physical needs of my patients, but alos to consider their psychological and emotional well-being. After all, no-one chooses to be in hospital and we must remember how vulnerable patients feel away from their own home and families.

I’ve nursed women who have recently given birth prior to their admission who have expressed how depressed they feel. This made me think more deeply about postnatal depression and I decided to try to raise awareness to staff and the public about the signs of postnatal depression.

Early recognition and swift intervention free from discrimination and judgment not only gives patients the best chance of recovery, but also decreases the number of potential child abuse cases.

Mental illness still has major stigma attached to it and educating women that there is help and support available may encourage more who are suffering to come forward.

Sherry Carter is a third year student nurse at University of Greenwich

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