UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 3rd-9th May 2021

May 5, 2021

Maternal Mental Health Awareness week is a campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness while pregnant or after having a baby. The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership are dedicated to signposting to support for all mums and families and focus on advocating for those affected by Maternal Mental Health, to access the information and help they require to enable recovery.  In 2014, Perinatal Mental Health Partnership, a small group of 11 individuals including women with lived experience, came together with the dream of creating an awareness campaign for maternal mental health.  They formed and created the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP) and in 2017, falling within the week that World Maternal Mental Health Day ran, they launched the first ever UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week. 

What is this year’s theme?

The theme for this year’s Awareness Week is ‘Journeys to Recovery’. Over the last year, the ways in which services have changed to be delivered in alternative ways, due to Covid, has shown that the approach to recovery has been individual. When surveying people about the ideas for this year’s week, the partnership received a huge number of requests to highlight how to seek support
for mums and families during this unusual time, alongside detailing the different ways in which recovery can take place. the Partnership aims to provide a supportive platform where they can reassure families and signpost them to vital resources and safe support which is what people need most at this time. This will allow them to show how medications, various therapies and alternative approaches such as Art / Craft therapy and Mindfulness can be used to create differing Journeys to Recovery. Everyone will recover but in their own individual way.

Wednesday 5th May is World Maternal Mental Health Day. 

The theme for the day will be the ‘Global Perinatal Positivity Pot’ focusing on how by working together we can remove barriers to services so all families who need services can access them and share resources from across the world. The hashtag for the day will be #pmhpglobalppp 

Read more at: Perinatal Mental Health Partnership – The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership are the founders of the UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week . The next event will take place 3-9 May 2021. (perinatalmhpartnership.com)

 

GP appointment checklist 

Made by members of the Smile Group. Smile Group appointment check list-

Sometimes we don’t know what to say or how to express our feelings verbally. This check list is for the patient to download and complete prior to an appointment with a professional in order to help them. Encourage them to be as open and honest as possible and the patient can either use it as a prompt for themselves or hand over to the health care professional to read – https://www.thesmilegroup.org/resources/

 

Local Support for maternal mental health 

Parents in Mind – support service for mums experiencing mental health difficulties in pregnancy and up to two years after birth. Group and 1-1 support is offered by trained volunteers who  have lived experience of mental health difficulties. Call  07702 900894 or email parentsinmind.halton@nct.org.uk 

The local Mental Health Information Point has links to maternal mental health support at: MH adults (halton.gov.uk)

Feedback your experiences of Maternity and post natal health services using our confidential survey at: https://bit.ly/37j8Cuv or contact us at: 0300 777 6543 during normal working hours, or by email to enquiries@healthwatchhalton.co.uk 

 

Information for health care professionals

 

Perinatal Mental Health Toolkithttps://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/perinatal-mental-health-toolkit.aspx

 

Top tips: perinatal mental health problems –  Dr Stephanie deGiorgio offers top tips for the detection, assessment, and management of perinatal mental health problems in primary care https://www.guidelinesinpractice.co.uk/mental-health/top-tips-perinatal-mental-health-problems/453729.article

 

Breastfeeding and Antidepressants- https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/antidepressants/