Maternal Mental Health Week

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week: 30th April – 6th May

What is it?
Last year the first ever UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. It was held in line with World Maternal Mental Health Day and was a huge success with coverage across the whole of the UK.

This year the theme is ‘Support for All’. The focus is on adovcating for all families affected by Perinatal Mental Illness to access the information and help they need to enable recovery.  

Themed days

Throughout the week there will be themed to look at a different area of the campaign. 

Monday 30th April
The focus of the first day of the campaign will be ‘What is Perinatal Mental Health’? Providing an overview of the different strands of perinatal mental illness.

The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership will run interactive Facebook Live Sessions relating to each illness so individuals can be involved and ask questions.

Charities, local peer support groups and services are encouraged to share their details on social media so families know what support is available across the UK. This could include details of the service, contact information, the areas they cover , information on safeguarding policies , training and supervision they have in place for staff and volunteers.

Tuesday 1st May
Tuesday will focus on ‘Support from Health Care Professionals’.

The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership will run numerous interactive Facebook Live sessions on breastfeeding and antidepressants with the pharmacist Wendy Jones, a session with Dr Stephanie DeGiorgio about approaching health care professionals is you are unwell and another with a perinatal psychiatrist to talk through what happens when a parent is referred to a community perinatal mental health team.

They will also be running a Twitter chat dedicated to health care professionals for them to ask questions and increase knowledge on how to support families affected by perinatal illness.

Wednesday 2nd May – World Maternal Mental Health Day
The theme for the day will be ‘The Village’. The focus is on working together to remove barriers to services so everyone can access them. We in particular want to focus on families who may experience these barriers such as single parents, LGBTQ families, those with disabilities and BAME and faith families.

Thursday 3rd May 
Even though the week is geared towards maternal mental health, paternal mental illness is becoming more recognised and as such, this day will be dedicated to ‘Dads’. Organisations who support fathers or dads who have been unwell are being encouraged to input on this day.

Friday 4th May 
To end the week, the focus will be on recovery and hope and will be encouraging the creation of a virtual ‘Positivity Pot’, publishing and sharing articles and blogs about recovery. Mums and dads are being encouraged to share short vlogs to show recovery is possible.

#PNDHour will run on Twitter every evening throughout the week.