Mental health is much more than a diagnosis. It's your overall psychologicalwell-being, the way you feel about yourself and others as well as your ability to manage your feelings and deal with problems. Mental health refers to the state of our emotional, psychological and social well-being.
For most women, pregnancy and birth are a time for celebration. However, this can also be a time of change in a woman’s body and lifestyle, which may increase the risk of poor mental health.
It is important to assess pregnant women’s mental health because it can affect not only the woman’s health, but also her newborn’s health and development.
Abuse can take many forms – physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, cultural, or neglect. The goal of an abuser is to frighten and control you. If you feel unsafe and are experiencing any of these forms of abuse, you live with violence.
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