This week is UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (Monday 29th April – Friday 3rd May 2019) and the theme is Mums Matter.
Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums. Each day has a theme and today is looking at the ‘Positivity Pot’ – Focusing on how you look to the future and how to better improve your Self-Care. People are encouraged to publish and share articles and blogs about recovery, looking ahead to the future and self-care. I’ll update links below to some of the articles that have been shared throughout the day later.
Perinatal Positivity is a video that uses the real voices and experiences of women and men who have had mental wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Perinatal Positivity hope that it will help you emotionally prepare and find support, if needed, at this time.
Links to articles and blogs about recovery, looking ahead to the future and self-care (this will be updated!)
If you or someone you are concerned about are in crisis, despairing or suicidal, please contact one of the agencies below.
If you live in the UK and are looking for extra support or advice urgently, there are a number of services you can approach:
- Talk to a health professional e.g your own GP, midwife or health visitor
- Accident and Emergency at your local hospital
- Emergency services, ambulance, call 999
- Samaritans, call 116 123 (free to call and will not appear on the phone bill) www.samaritans.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline: 10am – 2pm – 0207 386 0868
Live chat online facility
Peer support available, email email@example.com to arrange
Helpline open from 9am-8pm every day – 0843 2898 401
Email support available – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 116 123 (this is a free telephone number and will not appear on the phone bill)
Don’t forget, babies cry, you can cope!
For further advice and support click here.
Mental health services in Gloucestershire
Mental health services in Gloucestershire are provided by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. You can find out more about what they offer by clicking here.