Single Mother and Depression

Becoming a parent is a large life transition that brings new challenges. The trend of single-parent households has increased substantially over the past few decades. In the United Kingdom, most families with a dependent child are typically headed by a single parent, and such households are fronted by mothers. This has resulted in poorer health outcomes among single mothers compared to partnered parents, and it has significantly increased risks for mental health disorders in single mothers.

Most times, these women have gone through past exposure to maltreatment and inadequate social support. Studies have shown that there are significant risk factors that contribute to depressive symptoms such as single motherhood, young maternal age, migrant background, toddler-aged child, welfare receipt, lack of social support, the experience of childhood maltreatment, and physical domestic violence.

At Wonderfully Made Woman, we are aware that single mothers go through a lot of challenges, but whatever issues you face, you can be sure that there are others out there who are going through similar experiences, and they find it useful to share their thoughts and feelings. Changes in your life can be very stressful, and it is easy to underestimate the burden of day-to-day responsibilities that being a single mother can bring.

If you’re unsure if what you’re feeling is depression/post-natal depression, anxiety or perhaps something else, it’s worth speaking to your GP/health visitor or speak with us. Asking for help takes courage. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and taking steps to look after yourself will help you look after your children.

You can become a Wonderfully Made Woman, and start chatting to other single mothers in our online forums, or joining our groups and meet up face-to-face. We organise regular meetings, social events and days out for both you and your children. We Provide confidential emotional support for those experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including suicidal feelings. The helpline 07746231192 is available from 9 am-9 pm, Mondays-Saturdays, and you can also contact us by email (info@wonderfullymadewoman.org). In some cases, face-to-face appointments are available.

We have ongoing Single mothers 1-2-1 sessions every Tuesday at 11am to 1pm (by appointment), and 6pm for an online meeting. Call us today on 07746231192.