This Wednesday 4 May is the first ever global Maternal Mental Health Day, a worldwide effort to raise awareness for maternal mental health issues so that more women will get treatment and fewer will suffer.
One in five women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. In developing nations, this figure can be much higher. A number of organisations around the world provide vital support for women, their partners, children and families, including COPE in Australia. The perinatal period (the period from conception to the first year following the birth of a baby) is the time in a woman’s life when she is most likely to develop mental health problems.
The organisations behind this effort are encouraging mental health professionals, friends and relatives of new mums to ask her how she’s really feeling and encourage her to seek help. Estimates indicate that as many as 7 in 10 women either hide or downplay their symptoms.
If you've ever been the beneficiary of a meal or two from an understanding friend during a tough time in your life - especially when a baby has recently added to the population of your household - you will know that it does make a difference. Knowing that dinner is already done can be a huge relief at the end of a long day of caring for a baby, especially when you also have a long night ahead of you. A small, but loving act. Surely it helps to ease the load.
This week, we want to help you to support someone you know. We are offering 25% off your order this week, which means that when you order a meal, you'll get the second meal half price so you can give it to a friend. Or, if you're the one who could use a hand this week, be our guest and use the code for your own dinners.
Enter the following code at the checkout to claim your 25% discount: MATERNALMHMATTERS
Code expires midnight Monday 9 May.