No matter what stage of life you are at, it’s important to understand, and take care of, your emotional health. Transitions are often a time when our emotional health can come under increased pressure. It’s important to recognise this, and to think about what strategies you can put in place to boost your wellbeing.
The pressures of trying to conceive can certainly impact your emotional health. Research shows that women experiencing fertility difficulties are not very good at recognising their own mental health symptoms – often putting it down to transient stress, and when they do, they do not ask for help due to stigma or shame.
At Adia we are determined to change that. We believe that knowledge, alongside the right tools and support, is powerful. This programme will provide you with the knowledge, tools and support to understand and improve your emotional health.
Why understanding emotional health is important – Dr Camilla Rosan
Our approach is grounded in the research on “psychoeducation.” Research finds that we are better able to cope with mood difficulties and take steps to improve our wellbeing if we understand more about it. If we know more about what can trigger distress, what can maintain it, what thoughts, feelings and behaviours are associated with poor emotional health, as well as what we can do differently to improve our mood – this will have an impact on our overall wellbeing.
Evidence about the value of psychoeducational interventions to prevent or treat depression and anxiety in the preconception period is mounting. Research shows that psychoeducation can reduce symptoms, but that it is most effective when combined with information on coping mechanisms.