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MMHA joins BBC 5 live for #Mum Takeover

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance is proud to be an official supporter of the BBC 5 Live Mum Takeover, along with Netmums and Better Start Blackpool., on 28 November.

This will be the UK’s biggest conversation around mums and mental health – a two hour programme streamed live on the BBC Facebook pages as well as BBC 5 Live and across the BBC.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Chair Dr Alain Gregoire will join BBC 5 live’s panel of experts at a discussion at Blackpool Tower (28 November, 1pm-3pm) alongside a Government representative and mum-of-one, DJ and Broadcaster Neev Spencer, who’s worked with the Heads Together Campaign.

TV presenter Rochelle Humes, Former X Factor contestant and Loose Women presenter Stacey Solomon, and popular blogger and author Giovanna Fletcher will be doing everything from fielding questions from the audience to hosting digital films.

The day will also be supported by a range of social media influencers, including Hurrah For Gin, Tired And Tested and The Motherload.

The 5 live Mum Takeover is part of BBC 5 live’s year-long State Of Mind campaign, covering a range of mental health issues.

Apply for tickets to the BBC Radio 5 live Mum Takeover here

Normalising paternal mental illness

Here Louis Dunn from Bluebell Care describes his experiences of perinatal mental illness and how people with lived experience can help to ‘normalise’ mental illness.

Bluebell is a growing charity based in Bristol supporting mums, dads and families who are affected by antenatal or postnatal depression and anxiety. I lead their emotional support service for new dads, which is called Dads in Mind.  My role is to offer peer support via telephone and text, one to one meetings and group meet ups.  I have also recently been promoting the Dads in Mind service through talking about my own journey with perinatal illness in media outlets, including print and film interviews. Continue reading Normalising paternal mental illness

MMHA – Official Supporter of BBC 5 live’s Mum Takeover on Mums and Mental Health

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Chair Dr Alain Gregoire is to join BBC 5 live’s panel of experts at the UK’s biggest conversation about mums and mental health at an event at Blackpool Tower later this month (28 November, 1pm-3pm).

The 5 live’s Mum Takeover, officially supported by Netmums, Better Start Blackpool and Maternal Mental Health Alliance, will welcome well-known mothers who have spoken publicly about their own – sometimes difficult – experiences of having babies and being mums.

They will discuss a range of challenges faced by young mothers everywhere, looking at everything from post-natal depression and anxiety, to work/life balance and tackling loneliness.

Ex-Saturdays singer and TV presenter Rochelle Humes, DJ Neev Spencer and popular blogger and author Giovanna Fletcher will also be heading to Blackpool to take part and meet mums in the audience.

Mum Takeover supporters Netmums, the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Better Start Blackpool will be represented on a panel of experts alongside a government representative. 5 live’s Anna Foster and Stacey Solomon will co-chair, and will take questions from the audience and from people getting in touch online.

The entire event will be live streamed via BBC Facebook accounts, and BBC 5 live will dip in and out of the day’s proceedings on air throughout the afternoon. The Mum Takeover will use the hashtag #mumtakeover, and 5 live hopes there will be plenty of discussion online.

Mums everywhere are invited to come along or join in online. Free tickets are available now via BBC Audiences.

Dr Alain Gregoire presents Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, Mental Health Special

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor is back with a special programme on mental health on 1st November 2017 at 9pm, BBC Two.

New presenter and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, psychiatrist Dr Alain Gregoire, reveals how to recognise a mental health problem, the key factors that psychiatrists assess – mood, thinking and behaviour – and gives advice on how to deal with problems before they become overwhelming and have a serious impact on our health.

Alain said:
“It has been great fun working with the fantastic team at the BBC on Trust me I’m a Doctor, and most of all it has been a pleasure to be part of a greater emphasis on the fascinating area of mental health in the series and in the media generally”

Continue reading Dr Alain Gregoire presents Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, Mental Health Special

Supporting positive conversations about feeding choice and mental health in the perinatal period

by Shereen Fisher and Wendy Jones.

Wendy Jones  is a pharmacist, published author and a Registered Supporter and Trainer with the Breastfeeding Network. Wendy has combined these two roles and has developed a special interest in the safety of drugs in breastmilk. She has run the Drugs in Breastmilk service for the charity since 2007.
Shereen Fisher, Chief Executive of the Breastfeeding Network, has over 15 years leadership and management experience working in the charity sector. She is passionate and driven to improve awareness on issues affecting choice in infant feeding for all families and breastfeeding mothers.

The relationship between how a woman feeds her baby, and her perinatal mental health is a complex one.

Our emotional state and mental health in the perinatal period may affect how we decide to feed our baby. Choosing how we feed our little one may be based on many things such as how our own mum fed us, advice from professionals and what we have seen friends and family do. Our emotional wellbeing – factors such as how we feel about ourselves, our bodies and our relationships – can also influence this decision. Continue reading Supporting positive conversations about feeding choice and mental health in the perinatal period

‘Inspiring and full of innovative buzz’ the first Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference

“Such an inspiring inaugural event full of innovative buzz,” “Learnt so much at MMHA Conference Bring on 2018!” Tweets like this summed up the response to the First Annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference on the transgenerational impact of poor maternal mental health.

Everyone who attended, plus the hundreds who followed the day’s events on Twitter, appreciated the chance to hear cutting edge research mixed with stories of lived experience. The conference had a strong following on social media, trending on Twitter during the morning and gathering 4.4 million Twitter impressions for #MMHAconf17.

Continue reading ‘Inspiring and full of innovative buzz’ the first Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference

Winners of the first perinatal mental health awards 2017 announced

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) have announced the winners of the first perinatal mental health awards.

The awards, which were announced on 13th September at the first Annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference at Imperial College, London, recognise best practice and achievement in the categories of perinatal mental health education and training, perinatal mental health awareness raising, peer support and transgenerational service.

The winners were presented with their awards by acclaimed author, journalist and psychotherapist Susie Orbach.

Dr Camilla Rosan, Programme Lead for Families, Children and Young People at the Mental Health Foundation, said:

“We had nearly 100 nominations from the public, private and charity sectors. We were looking for projects and services with a creative and innovative approach to perinatal mental health and we found some real heroes.

“Early intervention for maternal mental health can have a dramatic impact on outcomes for mothers, fathers, children and the wider community.

“Our winners and runners up are making a real difference to the mental health of women and their families, helping to break the cycle of intergenerational mental ill health.”

Dr Alain Gregoire, founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, said:

“This is a remarkable group of cutting-edge scientists gathered at Imperial College to discuss mental health across the generations and the earliest possible interventions to prevent mental health problems.”

Continue reading Winners of the first perinatal mental health awards 2017 announced

Countdown to the first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference – 13th September 2017

There’s just a few days until the first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference and we’re busy preparing for what promises to be an inspiring day at Imperial College, London.

The theme is ‘Intergenerational Mental Health: working with mums and babies in perinatal mental health practice’.

The conference, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, will bring together international experts, practitioners and service users to share best practice and showcase new approaches to breaking the intergenerational cycle of mental health problems.

At the conference we will announce the winners of the first perinatal mental health awards recognising achievement and innovation in the categories of perinatal mental health education and training, perinatal mental health awareness raising, peer support and transgenerational service.

Conference places have sold out but you can follow the speakers and award winners on Twitter using #MMHAconf17 and #MABIM.

Interviews with the speakers and film from the day will be available online after the event.

Top Tips for Securing your Wave 2 Funding

Are you ready for wave 2 of the perinatal health community service development fund?

Read our top tips for preparing your bid and securing your slice of the new funding, written by Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant Psychiatrist and Chair of the MMHA.

NHS England will be launching wave 2 of the perinatal mental health community service development fund. This is the second opportunity for local services, working in partnership, to get their hands on a slice of the new, recurrent money provided by the government for the development of specialist perinatal mental health services.

Continue reading Top Tips for Securing your Wave 2 Funding

First annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference to explore intergenerational mental health

The first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference Intergenerational Mental Health: working with mums and babies in perinatal mental health practice, will take place on 13th  September 2017 at Imperial College, London.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of over eighty five national professional and patient organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

The conference, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, brings together international experts, practitioners, service users and academics to explore how a whole-family approach can break the intergenerational cycle of mental health problems. Continue reading First annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference to explore intergenerational mental health