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Applications now open for MMHA’s first board of trustees

Members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance have recently agreed for the MMHA to register as an independent charity, and we are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting our first board of trustees.

We hope to receive applications from a wide range of people interested in serving as trustees, including individuals directly involved in perinatal mental health work or those with other skills that we are looking for.

This is a hugely exciting time to join us as a trustee. The MMHA is widely acknowledged to have had an impact on recent maternal mental health policy, including the investment in England in specialist services for women with severe perinatal mental health problems. But there is still much to do – we must make sure that recent investment in specialist services is not wasted, absorbed elsewhere or misspent and is matched throughout the UK; we must continue to tackle stigma; to support those working to improve services on the ground and to improve care for all women including those with mild – moderate perinatal mental health problems.

You can read the job description and find out how to apply by clicking here. The deadline for applications is 13 April 2018 with interviews scheduled to take place in the weeks commencing 23 and 30 April.

 

Perinatal Mental Health in Wales Project – surveys to complete

NSPCC Cymru/Wales, The National Centre for Mental Health and Mind Cymru have joined forces to work together on a project which investigates perinatal mental health services in Wales.

Over the next year, they will be working together to map out what services are available across statutory and voluntary sectors in Wales for women experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties, and explore what it is like for women and their partners in Wales to live with, and manage these types of illnesses.

To help them do this they have launched online surveys, They would like to hear from midwives, health visitors, mental health teams who are practising in Wales and third sector organisations who provide perinatal mental health support to women. The link to this survey can be found here.

They would also like to hear from women and their partners (18+) affected by perinatal mental health problems (diagnosed or undiagnosed) in Wales. The link to this survey can be found here.

National infant mental health week: 12-16 June

This week, 200 organisations will come together to highlight infant mental health week. The theme of the week is ‘Begin Before Birth’, which emphasises supporting a healthy pregnancy experience for expectant parents as a key opportunity to ensuring the best possible start in life for every child.

By the time a child turns three years old, the foundations for all learning and relationships will have been formed, with their brain development during this time critical to future success at school and in life. The 2.4 million babies who will be born in the UK before 2020 represent our future leaders, thinkers and innovators – it is vitally important we give them strong foundations right from the start, with everyday physical and emotional experiences they have with parents, families, caregivers and communities contributing a crucial part of those foundations.

Key areas of pregnancy which continue to require future support are supporting the relationship between couples, improved antenatal assessment and classes and improved workplace culture.

Alain Gregoire, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, says: “The Maternal Mental Health Alliance welcomes the focus on pregnancy for this year’s Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. It is so important for us all to understand the sensitivity of the baby, both during pregnancy and after, to relationships in the family and to the mother’s mental wellbeing.”

Further information can be found on the web and social media pages below.

 

1001 Critical Days Manifestohttp://www.1001criticaldays.co.uk/sites/default/files/1001%20days_oct16_1st.pdf

Building great Britons – http://www.pipuk.org.uk/news/appg-conception-age-2-first-1001-days

www.infantmentalhealthweek.com

@first1001days

Invitation to tender – perinatal mental health peer support

Comic Relief, in partnership with the MMHA, are currently undertaking a tender process to commission the development of a set of quality assurance principles for peer support in perinatal mental health. This forms part of Comic Relief’s Maternal Mental Health Strategy.

We are interested in bids from individuals or organisations and from partnerships of interested bodies who can demonstrate expertise and experience of quality assurance theory and concepts and their application in voluntary and community sector environments.. The link to the invitation to tender can be found here, and the deadline for applications is 5 July 2017.

We hope that the development of bespoke Quality Assurance principles will assure the quality and consistency of online and face-to-face peer support in perinatal mental health. They will also form a key part of wider work to ensure such peer support is safe, accessible to all, high quality, evidence-based, trusted by clinical services and achieves maximum impact. We envision that the development of these principles will be delivered by 2018.

Download the invitation to tender

Please forward your application, or any questions regarding the tender, to Inés Meza-Mitcher, Membership and Communications Assistant for the MMHA (ines@app-network.org).

 

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