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UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week

A week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums.

The theme for this year is 'Mums Matter'. The idea behind the week is to raise awareness among families, mothers and the general public about how hard motherhood can be. The campaign aims to combat stigma around maternal mental health and encourage mothers to seek help.

To find out more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit the Maternal Mental Health Alliance website.


GMMH events connected to Maternal Mental Health

The IMAgINE Study dissemination event at the University of Manchester on 10 May 2019. 

Maternal mental illness significantly impacts the woman, her family, and her child.  Ten to 20% of women develop mental health problems during pregnancy or within the first year of having a baby; for 1% of those women, it is severe enough to require admission to a Mother and Baby Unit for specialist psychiatric services.  NICE guidelines recommend interventions to improve mother-infant interactions in mothers experiencing mental health problems.

The IMAgINE Study has examined the feasibility and acceptability of delivering the Baby Triple P Positive Parenting Programme to mothers with severe mental illness admitted to two Mother and Baby Units in the UK. 

We would like to invite you to a presentation and discussion of our findings at the University of Manchester on Friday 10th May 2019, from 10.00am until 2.30pm (refreshments and a delicious free lunch are included). 

Places are limited, so reserve yours now by registering via Eventbrite which can be accessed here.  We would be delighted if you could join us!

New and expectant mothers across the country can now access specialist mental health care in the area where they live.

NHS England announced the landmark rollout of specialist perinatal community services across the whole of England at the beginning of April. This means that mums and mums-to-be who are experiencing anxiety, depression or other forms of mental ill health should be able to access high quality care much closer to home.

GMMH are proud to offer perinatal community and inpatient services across Greater Manchester. Supporting women and their families with mental health difficulties during pregnancy and after birth. To find out more about our perinatal services, visit www.gmmh.nhs.uk/mother-and-baby

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