The Maternal Mental Health Alliance introduces the first perinatal mental health awards. These inaugural awards will recognise best practice and achievement. in the following areas:
Emma Cadywould award for perinatal mental health education and training
This award is for an education, training or service provider that has shown innovation and leadership in improving perinatal mental health practice knowledge and competence through teaching or training. This could be either a local or a national initiative, be face-to-face or digital.
Anti-stigma award for perinatal mental health awareness raising
This award is for a project, initiative or campaign that has significantly raised awareness around perinatal mental health difficulties and in doing so contributed to reducing the stigma of speaking out and seeking help.
Perinatal peer support award
This award is for a project, programme or service that is delivered in the NHS, Local Authority or third sector that delivers a peer-support programme for parents and their families in the perinatal period. Programmes that are not exclusively peer-support-based will be considered as long as peer-support comprises a significant component of the work.
Partner involvement award
This award is for a project, programme or service that is delivered in the NHS, Local Authority or third sector that shows innovation in how they engage and involve partners in their work – both in terms of how they support partner wellbeing in the perinatal period and also in relation to including them in their work with as critical supporters and carers of the mother.
Big Lottery transgenerational service award
This award is for a project, programme or service that is delivered in the NHS, Local Authority or third sector, and displays excellence through giving equal weight to supporting parental (or even grandparental) mental health alongside the parent-infant relationship during the perinatal period.
Nominees should note that:
- Anyone can submit a nomination for an award, and we encourage nominations from a range of sources including perinatal specialists, users of perinatal services and their family members, academics, and other professionals
- All awards are open to nominees working within the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- All award submissions will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel including judges with lived experience of perinatal mental health difficulties, and winners will be selected based on a pre-established scoring system