Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a weeklong campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness while pregnant or after having a baby. We are dedicated to signposting to support for all mums and families and focus on advocating for those affected by Maternal Mental Health, to access the information and help they require to enable recovery.

Who is it organised by?

In 2014 a small group of 11 individuals including women with lived experience, came together with the dream of creating an awareness campaign for maternal mental health. We formed and created the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP) and in 2017, falling within the week that World Maternal Mental Health Day ran, we launched the first ever UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week.

We recently welcomed three new members – The Motherhood Group, Prosperity’s and Roshni 2 Project.

What is this year’s theme?

We are delighted to announce the theme for this year’s Awareness Week is ‘Journeys to Recovery’. Over the last year, the ways in which services have changed to be delivered in alternative ways, due to Covid, has shown that the approach to recovery has been individual. When surveying people about the ideas for this year’s Week, we received a huge number of requests for us to highlight how to seek support for mums and families during this unusual time, alongside detailing the different ways in which recovery can take place.

We will provide a supportive platform where we can reassure families and signpost them to vital resources and safe support which is what people need most at this time. This will allow us to show how medications, various therapies and alternative approaches such as Art / Craft therapy and Mindfulness can be used to create differing Journeys to Recovery. Everyone will recover but watch in their own individual way.

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