Reflecting on Postnatal Depression & Seeking Help

Hi friends,

The tragic incident of a 33-year-old woman and her one-year-old infant found dead at the foot of a block of Housing Board flats in Eunos underscores the critical issue of postnatal depression and the importance of seeking help.

Postnatal depression is a serious mental health condition that can affect mothers after childbirth. The emotional and physical toll of giving birth, coupled with the demands of caring for a newborn, can lead to overwhelming stress and feelings of despair. It is so important for us to recognize the signs of postnatal depression and to understand that it is a treatable condition.

The news report mentions that the woman largely kept to herself, and while interactions with neighbors were limited, some noted her pushing the baby in a pram around the estate. This isolation is a common aspect of postnatal depression (and depression itself), where affected individuals may withdraw from social interactions and support networks.

It is really important for us as a society to be vigilant and supportive, recognizing the signs of postnatal depression and encouraging mothers (and anyone!) to seek help without judgment. The stigma surrounding mental health issues, especially in the context of motherhood, often prevents individuals from reaching out for support.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to these hotlines if you need any kind of support:

  1. SOS 24-hour Hotline: 1-767
  2. Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
  3. Institute of Mental Health: 6389-2222 (24 hours)

It is everyone’s responsibility to be aware, compassionate, and supportive, especially during vulnerable periods like the postnatal period.

Question for the day:
What is one way you can look out for signs of depression in someone whom you meet on a daily basis?

Do share your thoughts and ideas so that we can learn from each other.

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