Handout: Depression during pregnancy and after childbirth

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Depression and suicide: what you need to know and what you can do

Depression is a common mental health condition. For some people depression is mild and short-lived; for others, it is more severe and longer-term. Some people are affected only once; others more than once.

At worst, depression can lead to suicide. There is a lot that can be done, however, to prevent and treat depression and to help people who are thinking about suicide.

"Depression during pregnancy and after childbirth" is part of a series of handouts prepared by the World Health Organization that was published on ocassion of World Mental Health Day 2021. 

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