This week marks Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is dedicated to talking about mental health problems during and after pregnancy. It is about raising awareness of perinatal mental health issues and advocating for women affected by it.
Raising awareness will help to change attitudes and help families access the information, care and support they need to recover. Perinatal mental health problems occur during pregnancy or in that first year of the child’s birth.
Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions (NHS). If left untreated, these mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects not only on the woman, but also the child, and can negatively impact the wider family.
We offer free counselling sessions to low income families going through mental health problems living in Blacon, Lache and Kingsway/Newton. Our work includes mothers with perinatal mental health issues.
Client feedback after having counselling after the birth of their son:
“This is really helping; it helps me be a better mother; after our sessions, I make the changes we talk about and I feel better in myself too. You helped with trauma after my son’s birth. Still feel some anger at times but know that’s alright; I couldn’t do that at the beginning when we first met.”
We offer free, easy to access counselling and play therapy to low- income families experiencing mental health issues in Blacon and Lache.