Help for Mom program at Far West Center

Being a new mom can be joyous and rewarding. However, the demands of motherhood can also be overwhelming. As a new mom, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to take care of your new baby and yourself. Maybe you are feeling moody, depressed, anxious, tearful, hopeless or sad? Nearly 1 in 12 women experience postpartum depression in the weeks and months after giving birth.

Postpartum depression is a serious form of depression new mothers often experience from 3 to 12 months after delivery. Even though postpartum depression is very common, only a small fraction of women who experience it ever get the help they need!  Postpartum depression can often be overlooked as just the “baby blues,” but it is a real illness and it can be treated!

Are you a pregnant or a new mom and found yourself feeling sad lately? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Answer these questions to see if you are feeling more than the “baby blues.”

  • I do not look forward to things with enjoyment
  • I have been anxious or worried for no apparent reason
  • I have felt sad or miserable
  • I have been so unhappy or worried that I have had trouble sleeping
  • I have felt scared or panicky for no apparent reason
  • The thought of harming myself or my baby has occurred to me
  • I do not look forward to things with enjoyment
  • Feelings of loss of energy

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, then your symptoms may be more than the “baby blues.”

The Help for Mom program at the Far West Center in Westlake works with women who are experiencing postpartum depression. We provide an assessment, individual counseling, psychiatric care and a 12-week educational group.

Group sessions are held on Tuesday mornings in our Westlake office on on the WestShore Health Campus and on Thursday mornings in our Amherst office in the Liberty Woods Office Park. Childcare is available for each mother while she attends group sessions. Group sessions teach moms about the illness, managing symptoms, coping skills, relaxation and self care, the role of support systems and relapse prevention tools.

Call 440-835-6212, ext. 243, for more information or to schedule an assessment.

Far West Center is an award-winning community mental health center providing mental health services for residents of Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. For more information on other Far West Center services, please call 440-835-6212 (Westlake) or 440-988-4900 (Amherst).

Alicia Bright

Alicia Bright is the Help for Mom program coordinator at the Far West Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 3:07 PM, 08.23.2011