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Maternal Mental Health Resources

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Pregnancy is such an exciting time, but it can also bring anxieties and fears for a lot of new mums, mums-to-be and Dads.  More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or during baby’s first year and if not identified and tackled early can leave a lasting effect.

As we all stay at home and the world has to deal with Covid-19, some of these anxieties and fears can be understandably.  Not only the threat of catching the disease but as we all social distance it can leave people feeling very disconnected from their support network or family and friends.

As part of our Care To share campaign, which aims to encourage people to reach out with words of encouragement and support we have put together a list of resources that might help those struggling at the moment.  Whether its finding out some useful information, seeking some advice or an organisation to reach out to, hopefully there is something here to help.

Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Their sole focus is to ensure there is quality care and support for your mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.  They have put together new resource and sign posting advice for new and expectant parents during the corona-virus outbreak as well as offering invaluable advise to expectant and new mums regardless of what’s going on in the world at the minute – Reassurance amid coronavirus 

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists publish regular updates on advice for pregnant women and women’s health during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Check their website regularly for the latest guidance and some peace of mind – Covid-19 Pregnancy and Womens Health

Maternal Mental Health Scotland

NHS

The NHS website has lost of advice on maternal mental health as well as a list of mental health apps offering support and guidance:

Pregnancy and Mental Health

Mental Health Helplines

Mental Health apps

Mind

Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems.  They also have a Helpline which offers to provide information and a sign posting service – Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Family Action

Offer perinatal support services

Government advice

Government agencies across the UK have put together some advice on health and well being aspects of Coronavirus

Public Health England

Public Health Network CYMRU

NI Direct

Scottish Government