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Free events to take place across Hampshire to help families talk about maternal mental health problems

The UK’s first Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week will take place this year between 1 and 7 May.

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28 April 2017 

Health visitors working at Southern Health Foundation Trust will be running a series of free events across Hampshire during maternal mental health awareness week to help parents understand that it’s okay not to be okay. Anyone wanting to find out more about maternal mental health, and where to get help, is welcome to come along.

Having a baby can be a happy time, yet one in five parents experience anxiety, depression or another form of mental health problems whilst pregnant, or during the first year after the birth of their baby.

It can be difficult to ask for help, which is why health visitors are encouraging parents to talk to them about how they are feeling. Symptoms vary from person to person with mothers revealing how they have felt “constantly tearful and isolated, even though I wasn’t on my own” or that “I felt that I had failed when she cried and I didn’t love her as much as I should”.

At these events parents can learn about local support groups which provide mothers with the opportunity to meet other women who are experiencing similar symptoms, to talk about how they may be feeling, and to develop new coping strategies to manage low mood or anxiety. There is also a wealth of great resources and online support networks that families can learn about during the week.

Event details:
 

Tuesday 2 May

  • 09.30 -11.30, Salvation Army Community Hall, Eastleigh SO30 2GL.

  • 09:30 - 11:00, Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham SO32 1ED

  • 09.30- 11.00, Tuesday Chase Hospital, Bordon GU35 OYZ

  • 13.00 – 14.30, The Haven, Harris Road, Bridge Mary. PO13 0UY

  • 14.00 – 15.30, Hook Surgery, Reading Road. Hook. RG27 9ED

     

     

    Wednesday 3 May

  • 09.30 – 11.00, Millennium Centre, Liphook. GU30 7LD

  • 12.30 – 14.30, Discovery Centre, Gosport. PO12 1BT

  • 14.00 – 15.30, St Lennard’s Centre, rectory Road . Oakley. RG23 7ED

  • 9.00 – 10.45, Waterlooville Community Centre. Waterlooville PO7 7AY

     

    Thursday 4 May

  • 09.00 – 11.00, The Rowner Family Centre, Nimrod Drive. Gosport. PO13 8AA

  • 09:30 - 12:30, United Reform Church, Jewry Street, Winchester . SO23 8RZ

  • 09.00 – 10.45, Denmead Centre. Waterlooville. PO7 6NR

  • 13.00 – 14.30, Yatley Medical Centre, GU46 7LS

Southern Health provides a range of mental health services for mums, from health visiting through to award-winning specialist perinatal mental health teams. The Trust recently expanded its specialist community services into the Isle of Wight, North East Hampshire and Portsmouth, where there was previously no specialist mental health provision for mothers, following a £800k funding boost from commissioners.

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