Social media fuelling anxiety, perinatal depression for new mums, experts warn

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November 14, 2017 09:41:59

New mums are bombarded with social media images of the “perfect family” and it’s leading to increased anxiety and perinatal depression, experts are warning.

Research by the national perinatal depression helpline PANDA has also found more than half of mums with the illness are waiting at least a month to seek help, and one in 10 callers to the service are at serious risk of self-harm or suicide.

Renee Knight was among those who fell into depression when life as a new mum didn’t turn out how she had hoped.

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