UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week #MaternalMHMatters
May 1 - May 7
What is it?
Last year was the inaugural World Maternal Mental Health day in May 2016. This year, as well as World Maternal Mental Health day on 3rd May there will be a UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week 1-7th May.
How and where mums and families can seek help and support for perinatal mental health problems
Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP)
Maternal mental health matters. #maternalMHmatters. Women and their family and friends need to know where they can find help and support for perinatal mental health problems.
How you can get involved
- During the week highlight what your organisation is doing to help women with perinatal mental health problems
- Tweet using #maternalMHmatters
- Participate in the nightly #PNDHour 8-9pm on Twitter @PNDandMe
- Join in with and support activities being organised by other groups
- Come up with your own ideas to highlight that #maternalMHmatters
Mums with lived experience from PMHP, Eve Canavan and Beth Bone
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the week and how you can get involved
Twitter: #maternalMHmatters @pmhpuk
What is happening during the week?
Nightly #PNDhour on Twitter 8-9pm @PNDandMe
Each evening there will be a focus specifically on helping mums to seek help. Topics will be tied in with the themed days.
Monday 1st May – Invitation for local groups and peer support services to share details of their services
> Share details of your services or support groups which help mums and families with perinatal mental health problems using #maternalMHmatters
Tuesday 2nd May – How to access support from health care professionals
PMHP will be running two Facebook Live sessions from PMHP’s Facebook page:
- With pharmacist Dr Wendy Jones on safe antidepressants to take while nursing and with a maternal mental illness
- With Dr Stephanie DeGiorgio, a GP and member of the PMHP, on how to approach GPs for help
> Join in with the Facebook Live sessions and promote them via your networks using #maternalMHmatters
The Smile Group will be compiling a blog on overcoming obstacles to seeking help. PMHP will be promoting their positively received GP Checklist (accessible via their website) which mums can complete with their symptoms and pass to their health care professional if they are finding it difficult to verbalise their symptoms.
> Promote the blog and GP Checklist via your networks using #maternalMHmatters
Wednesday 3rd May – World Maternal Mental Health Day – Perinatal Positivity Pot
PMHP have been working with Postpartum Support International and member organizations on plans for the day. PMHP will be encouraging the creation of a virtual positivity pot for people to dip into (encouraging the use of the hashtag #perinatalpostivitypot) and will be tweeting quotes from mums on what has helped them during their recovery.
> Tweet and promote your own quotes from mums using #maternalMHmatters and #perinatalpostivitypot
Thursday 4th May – Self-Care
PMHP will be posting about self-care during the day focusing on how it’s okay to focus on yourself and how to do this.
> If your organization has self care resources please share them on the day and tweet using #maternalMHmatters
Friday 5th May – Tips and Tools to support recovery
To end the week on a positive note, PMHP will be sharing practical strategies for managing symptoms.
> Tweet and promote these tips and tools and your own, using #maternalMHmatters