The following is a list of the members, for whom we hold information, of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.
If you would like to become a member or supporter of the Alliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.
Lead Contact: John Davies
Acacia Family Support
We provide, free of charge, a wide range of support and therapies to help you recover from the symptoms associated with pre and postnatal depression. Our services are delivered across Birmingham and they include individual befriending sessions, group work therapy, telephone support, practical support in your own home and massage therapy for parents and your baby.
We have been supporting families affected by Postnatal Depression for over ten years and were set up by two local mothers who both experienced Postnatal Depression and were determined to help other families.
We work closely with all family members. Postnatal depression affects mums and dads and we will support the entire family.
Our befriending support is delivered by a team of trained volunteers. Some of our volunteers are mums and dads who have personally experienced and recovered from postnatal depression. They are well placed to support other families affected by postnatal depression.
Lead Contact: Vicki Hook
Contact phone: 0121 301 5990
Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) is a registered charity hosted by the University of Birmingham, run by academics, health professionals and women & families who have been affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP).
PP is a severe form of postnatal illness that affects around 1400 new mums in the UK each year. Symptoms begin in the days following childbirth and include hallucinations, delusions, elation or depression, and extreme confusion.
APP facilitate research; provide information & peer support to women & families; and campaign for improved services, training and public awareness. Website: www.app-network.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/ActionOnPP; Twitter: @ActionOnPP.
Lead Contact: Andrea Lambert
Association for Infant Mental Health (UK)
AIMH UK helps to:
- promote evidence-based practice through encouraging close links between clinical workers and researchers.
- disseminate knowledge about the mental and emotional health of infants and young children through strategic discussions, workshops, conferences and our website.
- provide information and sometimes direct support, to those campaigning for recognition and resources to meet the mental health needs of young children and their families.
Lead Contact: Jane Barlow
Association for Postnatal Illness
The Association for Post-Natal Illnesswas established in 1979 to provide support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness and increase public awareness of the illness.
We provide a confidential telephone helpline and information leaflets for sufferers and health professionals. We also have a network of volunteers across the country who have recovered from the illness. They provide phone, email or postal support to current sufferers and act as proof that they can and will, get better.
Further information and advice can be found on our website, www.apni.org
Lead Contact: Siobhan Merrifield
Aware Defeat Depression
Aware offer a range of Education and training programmes for all age groups and also have an Education programme specifically targeted at Mums , Families and pregnancy. This is of course preventative, early intervention and post vention education and support. We also have a range of support groups regionally, (22) which are also available to clients, families affected by depression, a local Helpline , information and a range of education and training programmes for clients, families as well as for professionals, community, voluntary sector organisations.
Lead Contact: Tom McEneaney
Barnardo's Cymru provides 88 services across the country working with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities, helping them to build a better future.
Lead Contact: Hellen Taylor
Best Beginnings is a charity that aims to give every baby born in the UK the best start in life and tackle inequalities in infant health. We produce film resources that feature the lived experience of families facing the challenges of parenthood. We are producing a series of new films, documentary and drama, that explore the whole spectrum of perinatal mental health issues. Many of the films will be featured in our parenting app Baby Buddy where they are seamlessly integrated with content on physical health and wellbeing.
Lead Contact: Alison Baum
BeTr Foundation endeavours to improve accessibility to mental health support and provide BeTr services exclusively using TeQtonicS™ to relieve the suffering of any persons experiencing stress, trauma, psychological or physical distress. Through research and publication we aim to raise awareness regarding the effectiveness of TeQtonicS™ and campaign to improve policy and attitudes. The Foundation will create opportunities and provide training to empower anyone to pursue a career in the delivery of TeQtonicS™ to benefit both local community and national based projects.
Big White Wall
A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what's troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. Big White Wall is available free in many areas of the UK via the NHS, employers, and universities. It is also free to all UK serving personnel, veterans, and their families.
Lead Contact: Sarah O'Donnell
Contact phone: +44 (0)203 7418080
We provide information, support and advice for people affected by bipolar disorder / manic depression and those who care for them.
We also promote self-help throughout Scotland, and inform and educate about the condition.
Lead Contact: Graeme Bowman
Bipolar UK is the national charity supporting people affected by bipolar. We support 80,000 people through our information and advice publications and services, including 130 local volunteer-led support groups and an online eCommunity. As women with bipolar are at considerably higher risk of experiencing a mood disorder in the perinatal period - especially in the first few weeks after birth - it is important to seek advice before becoming pregnant. Leaflets, a podcast and more information can be found on our website and we also run workshops on bipolar and pregnancy.
Lead Contact: Clare Dolman
Contact phone: 0333 328 4008
Bluebell is a Bristolcharity offering targeted support to local families experiencing perinatal mental illness. We offer support intwoways. Either a free 12 week course, Mums’ Comfort Zone, with free crèche at a local Children’s Centre and/or
1:1 peer- led support, via our Bluebell Buddyservice.
Dads can chat/meet our Dads’ Worker by calling 07730 367 483.
Lead Contact: Ruth Jackson
The Brazelton Centre UK is a charity whose primary goals are to promote an understanding of baby behaviour and development and to foster strong infant-parent relationships by focusing attention on parents’ needs and the important role their babies play in cementing healthy infant-parent relationships. It is based on the pioneering work of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Emeritus Paediatrician, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. His colleague, Professor J. Kevin Nugent, Psychologist, wrote the NBAS book with Dr. Brazelton and developed the NBO with other colleagues.
Lead Contact: Joanna Hawthorn
Break the Silence – PNI
Provide campaigning support to Everyone's Business campaign and information on Mother and Baby Units in the UK.
Lead Contact: Sauro Scarpelli
Our vision is a society where mums and families are able to make informed decisions about breastfeeding, to access help when they need it and to become confident in their choices. For a new mum deciding how to feed her baby, talking to a mum who knows about breastfeeding can make a crucial difference and the Breastfeeding Network strives to be the best we can be at providing peer support.
Our mission is to offer independent, evidence-based information and support to help build awareness of breastfeeding to individuals and organisations and to support a mum in her choice to breastfeed.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Our desired position: We act in the interest of the public as a professional, relevant, credible and communicative organisation for the counselling professions, bound by a common purpose, underpinned by clear philosophy and transparent values.
Our purpose: We will advocate the role and relevance of the practice of the counselling professions in improving psychological wellbeing and mental health, and promoting social justice, in our contemporary and diverse communities.
Lead Contact: Alex Vostanis
British Medical Association
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the trade union and professional body for 170,000 doctors in the UK.
We are led by a team of executive directors working towards objectives set by the BMA council.
Council sets overall policy which is informed by the needs of grassroots doctors, as determined by the BMA Representative Body, which itself is drawn from branch of practice and regional committees throughout the UK.
Lead Contact: George Roycroft
British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Perinatal Psychology aims to promote the psychological well being of women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. It comprises representatives from a wide variety of clinical services, as well as members of the academic community. Its aims include: expanding the knowledge base; developing perinatal psychology services, linking and liaising with relevant training schemes and academic and professional bodies; and advising at local and national level on the development of relevant policy.
Lead Contact: Fiona Seth-Smith
British Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Andrology
The British Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Andrology (BSPOGA), as its name suggests, is the only society with a name which literally means the mental (Greek, psyche) & physical (Greek soma) interactions of women’s (Obstetrics, Gynaecology) and men’s (Andrology) health.
BSPOGA’s objective is to encourage a better understanding and improved management of the psychosocial, emotional, and biological problems associated with pregnancy, birth and diseases of the reproductive organs in women and men, through education and training. This is relevant to the current needs of both the medical profession and the general public.
The society is a multidisciplinary charity and its membership is open to any person over the age of 18 years including members of the public. Current membership includes obstetricians & gynaecologists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, midwives, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and students.
We are a Specialist Society of the Royal College of Obestetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Lead Contact: Mira Lal
Centre For Mental Health
Centre for Mental Health and the London School of Economics were commissioned by the MMHA to write the ‘Costs of perinatal mental health problems’ (http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/costs-of-perinatal-mh-problems) report. It was the first report to analyse the costs of such problems on both mothers and children. Centre for Mental Health has carried out other work on maternal mental health, contributing to the knowledge and research base for the Alliance. http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/maternal-mental-health
Lead Contact: Emma Bailey
Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
CRFR aims to produce high quality, collaborative researchrelevant to families and relationships. CRFRalso promotes and facilitates a network for policy makers, practitioners, academics and the wider public interested in research in this area. Health is a key themeof our work, and perinatal mental health is acknowledgedas important. CRFR is a consortium research centre comprising the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Highlands & Islands and Stirling.
Lead Contact: Lesley Kelly
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition is a policy influencing and lobbying group whose main aim is speak up on behalf of children and young people aged from conception through to 25 years, and campaign for early intervention. Maternal mental health is key to good mental health in their children. We believe that all parents should have access to information with additional targeted support for vulnerable parents to promote babies’ emotional development.
Lead Contact: Paula Lavis
City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy
City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy (CPCP) is an independent charity (registration no. 1140992) providing counselling and psychotherapy to those who are suffering from difficulties connected with pregnancy, pregnancy loss and early years parenting. CPCP is located near the Barbican, adjacent to the City of London and offers its services to those living or working in London and the surrounding counties, either through self-referral or through referrals from GPs, Early Pregnancy Units, other local authority or NHS organisations and other charities. CPCP is fully accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Lead Contact: Hannah Jennings
Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA)
CrossReach Bluebell PND Service Scotland provides specialist counselling, art therapy, family therapy & Baby Massage on an individual, group & couple basis. The provision is underpinned by a specialist crèche. A training programme for Health Professionals is available “Working with Perinatal Mood Disorders – A Counselling Skills Approach”. Awareness training is also provided for those interested in Perinatal Mental Illness. Both training programmes are delivered by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) accredited trainers who are specialist PND therapists.
Lead Contact: Jackie Walker
Doula UK is the leading organisation for doulas in the UK, with a network of over 600 member doulas. Founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit organisation, Doula UK is now working towards becoming a registered charity.
Lead Contact: Lizzie Jarvis
Early Intervention Foundation
The Early Intervention Foundation is conducting an ongoing review into UK-based early interventions for children from conception to the start of primary school. It considers interventions that enhance parent-child interaction with a view to improving three important outcomes: attachment and parental sensitivity; social and emotional development; and language and communication. Although the review does not exhaustively or exclusively cover mental health, some of the programmes included consider parental mental health outcomes and the review will have relevant findings on a handful of programmes.
Lead Contact: Tanne Spielman
Family Action is committed to building stronger families by delivering innovative and effective services and support to many of the UK’s most vulnerable people.
Our Perinatal Support Services are early intervention, low intensity services for those with low to moderate level mental health issues or who are at risk of developing perinatal mental illness. We work with families from before the baby is born to at least one year after.
Taking a multi agency approach, we work closely with existing services to enhance what is available to families.
Lead Contact: Julie Smith
The Family Links Welcome to the World programme is an 8-week group for parents expecting a baby. The programme contributes to increased empathic attunement and secure attachment and encourages positive relationships. The aim is to prevent some of the difficulties many expectant and new parents experience, which can lead to anxiety or depression, and future problems for the new family.
Lead Contact: Lucy Willoughby
Family Nurse Partnership
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme for first time young mums aged 19 or under. A specially trained family nurse visits regularly, from early in their pregnancy until their child is two. Developed as a safeguarding programme to help prevent child maltreatment, the programme focuses on improving pregnancy outcomes, children's health and development and parents' economic self-sufficiency. The programme is underpinned by an internationally recognised evidence base, showing it can improve health, social and educational outcomes in the short, medium and long term.
Lead Contact: Adele Jones
The Fatherhood Institute’s vision is a society that gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father-figures; supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers; and prepares boys and girls for a future shared role in caring for children.
The Fatherhood Institute is the UK’s fatherhood think-and-do-tank. We are a registered charity (number 1075104) and we:
◾Collate, publish and mobilise international research on fathers and their impact on children and mothers
◾Report on and develop approaches to engaging with fathers mainly in the health, education and family sectors
◾Help shape national and local policy to ensure a father-inclusive approach
◾Inject research evidence on fathers, fatherhood and co-parenting into national debates about parenting and parental roles
◾Lobby for changes in law, policy and practice to dismantle barriers to UK fathers’ care of infants and children
◾Help mothers and fathers in the UK and internationally balance their ‘cash and care’ responsibilities and co-operate productively as a ‘parenting team’
◾Are the leading provider in the UK (and to an extent internationally) of training, consultancy and publications on father-inclusive practice
Contact phone: 0845 634 1328
Home-Start is a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. Our volunteers provide support and friendship to more than 29,170 families every year.
We have more than 288 local Home-Starts. We work in communities across the UK and with families on British Forces bases in Germany and Cyprus.
Lead Contact: Elizabeth Young
Inspire – the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health
Inspire (the new name for Niamh, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), is a charity and social enterprise based in Northern Ireland focusing on promoting wellbeing for all through our mental health, learning disability and professional wellbeing services locally, across the island of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Lead Contact: Lindsay Robinson
Institute of Health Visiting
The iHV was launched on 28 November 2012 to benefit all children, families and communities. The Institute of Health Visiting is a UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high quality health visiting practice, so that health visitors can effectively respond to the health needs of all children, families and communities enabling them to achieve their optimum level of health, thereby reducing health inequalities. Over the last two years the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has created almost 600 Health Visitor PMH Champions. Champions have now cascaded this superbly evaluated training to over 9,500 public health practitioners. The institute also offers a highly acclaimed Multi Professional PMH Champion or direct delivery training as well as a half day perinatal and infant mental health awareness training. Our training provides opportunity for practitioners to develop the levels of knowledge, skills and attitudes required in their role to enable effective early intervention for families affected by or at risk of perinatal mental illness.
Lead Contact: Melita Walker
Contact phone: 07533102478
Joanne Bingley Memorial Foundation
The Joanne (Joe) Bingley Memorial Foundation was set up in memory of Joe Bingley, a nurse for over 20 years, who suffered severe postnatal depression following the birth of her daughter Emily. Joe tragically took her own life when Emily was only 10 weeks old. The charity works to raise awareness about Postnatal Illness with the aim to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and ensure families have access to information and the appropriate support.
We provide and share information on what support is out there for mothers, fathers, partners, families and friends of those affected and we highlight and provide a library of the latest research and reports for health care professionals.
Lead Contact: Chris Bingley
La Leche League of Ireland
Our mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Lead Contact: Victoria Croft
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain (LCGB) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in the UK, a professional voice for breastfeeding. LCGB is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 1994 promoting the work of IBCLCs and ensuring mothers receive the help they need to breastfeed. LCGB also provides networking and learning opportunities for its members, including an annual conference. LCGB’s members can advise and consult on practice and protocols related to infant feeding in the UK.
Lead Contact: Sally Etheridge
Local Government Association
We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.
Lead Contact: Samantha Ramanah
Dedicated to supporting research and assistance surrounding prenatal & postpartum mental health for mothers, fathers and their babies.
The Marcé Society was formed at an International Conference in 1980. The purpose of that conference was to bring together different strands of research in puerperal mental disorders. It was recognised that there needed to be a forum to discuss puerperal mental illness in its broadest sense and a Society was formed. The Society was named after Louis Victor Marcé, a French psychiatrist who wrote the first treatise entirely devoted to puerperal mental illness, published in 1858.
The principal aim of the Society is to promote, facilitate and communicate about research into all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science through to health services research.
Lead Contact: Ian Jones
Maternal Mental Health Scotland
We are a forum of health professionals who came together in 2009 to share knowledge, improve our skills, and champion the cause of maternal mental health throughout Scotland. We are particularly concerned with improving the provision of services for women and their families.
Lead Contact: Roch Cantwell
Maternal OCD is a voluntary organisation co-founded by two mothers, Maria Bavetta and Diana Wilson, who have experienced and recovered from severe perinatal OCD. Maternal OCD aims to reduce stigma, provide support services, raise awareness of pOCD and campaign for better specialist services. Recent projects include a new online support group, working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to create up to date literature and supporting researchers in this field. Follow us: @maternalocd
Lead Contact: Diana Wilson
Contact phone: 0845 390 6232
Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years.
Lead Contact: Rosalind Bragg
Mellow Parenting trains practitioners in a range of parenting programmes. Mellow Bumps is an antenatal programme, reducing anxiety in pregnancy and promoting bonding with the baby. Mellow Babies and Mellow Toddlers groups are offered to mums or dads and their children. These programmes have been shown to improve parental mental wellbeing and perceived child behaviour. Mellow Futures combines the Bumps and Babies programmes for mothers with learning difficulties or disabilities, aiming to meet the needs of a group of parents who are often missed by mainstream services.
Lead Contact: Kirsten Patterson
Mental Health Foundation
Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all. Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
We are working with the MMHA to deliver Mums and Babies in Mind, a 3 year Big Lottery funded project to improve the provision of mental health services to mothers in pregnancy and in the first year of their baby. Please visit the Projects section of this website to learn more.
The Foundation also delivers Young Mums Together which promotes and co-produces peer support for mothers aged 25 and under in three boroughs in North London as well as a project in Wales called Creating Connections which delivers peer support by and to single parents for their mental health.
Lead Contact: Camilla Rosan
Mind is England and Wales leading mental health charity. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and we campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Our perinatal work includes a project in Wales called ‘Two in Mind’ which aims to address the emotional wellbeing of the mother and wider family and the important bond of mother and baby. This is addressed through training to professionals and digital story telling. In 2013/14 across four local Minds we piloted an approach to building the resilience of women in the perinatal period and work relating to maternal mental health continues across the network of 147 local Minds. Mind’s information pages include info about postnatal depression and will be updated and expanded upon in 2015/16.
Lead Contact: Gavin Atkins
We work hard to manage and deliver Mind’s work to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem in Wales gets support and respect.
Since 1973 we have established ourselves as an influential commentator and partner in the development of mental health and community care policy in Wales, working closely with the Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales and other voluntary and statutory agencies.
Our national training programme also helps ensure anyone affected by mental health problems in Wales get the support needed and respect deserved in our communities and at work.
Lead Contact: Jenny Burns
Mothers at Home Matter
Mothers at Home Matter provides support to mothers through campaigning activities that span a broad spectrum of policy areas from Health to Taxation and Welfare. MAHM calls for policies to better support family life, childhood and parental wellbeing and that recognise the importance of relationships and caregiving.
Lead Contact: Maria Peacock
Mothers for Mothers
We are a group of mothers, most of who have suffered postnatal depression or distress after the birth of one or more of our babies. We offer support, advice, information and most of all a listening ear for any worries or concerns you may have. We are funded to help mothers in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset areas.
Lead Contact: Ruth Pearce
Mummy’s Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland supporting pregnancy through cancer and beyond. We support women diagnosed with any type of cancer during pregnancy or within a year postnatally, and also the families of women who have died from cancer within a year of a birth. As a charity, we offer one-to-one tailored support and signposting, alongside online communities and small grants for families. We aim to raise the profile of cancer and pregnancy and advocate for more consistent and evidence-based care for women in this frightening and uncertain situation.
Lead Contact: Nicolette Peel
Mums Aid provides inclusive and accessible psychological therapies for mothers experiencing a broad spectrum of emotional and mental health difficulties during pregnancy or postnatally.
Our C4EO fully validated service is delivered in Children’s Centres across the Royal Borough of Greenwich and a free crèche is provided if needed.
Learn more about the symptoms and impact. If you feel like you or someone you know may be experiencing postnatal depression. Please contact us.
Lead Contact: Miriam Donaghy
National Childbirth Trust
NCT campaigning on this issue has included research to determine levels of perinatal mental health service across England, based on FOI requests to clinical commissioning groups and NHS Trusts. This showed only 3% of CCGs have a perinatal mental health strategy, a statistic that has been widely quoted by Government ministers www.nct.org.uk/professional/research/public-health/mental-health
NCT also highlights fathers’ mental health issues when lobbying www.nct.org.uk/parenting/postnatal-depression-dads
Lead Contact: Elizabeth Duff
National Maternity Support Foundation (Jake’s Charity)
NMSF also known as Jake’s Charity helps keep maternity services available, accessible, safe and well resourced. Ensures prospective parents have all the information needed to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancy journey.
Lead Contact: Andrew Canter
Netmums is the UKs largest parenting website. Our local sites include details of support groups for mums with perinatal mental health issues. This is linked to well researched evidence based content. Nationally our forum is well moderated and mums with issues can be reassured of a supportive welcome . In the forum are also online Parent Supporters, including a Health Visitor, who are available to any mum who needs additional support with their mental health issue. Our online CBT course at www.netmums.com/pndcourse is also available for mums who need self-guided help with their PND.
Lead Contact: Julia McGinley
NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care.
Lead Contact: Denise Thiruchelvam
NSPCC’s vision is that every baby should be safe, nurtured and able to thrive. As part of our All Babies Count campaign, we have published two reports on perinatal mental health, Prevention in mind, and Getting it right for mothers and babies. These reports look at what we know about perinatal mental health and services in England and Scotland and call for adequate and timely service provision, clear referral pathways and high quality training for professionals. We are also developing, testing and scaling up a number of services which aim to support perinatal mental health, including Baby Steps, Minding the Baby, Parents Under Pressure and Pregnancy in Mind.
Lead Contact: Alice Haynes
PANDAS (Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support) supports individuals, their families and carers suffering pre and postnatal mental illnesses via helpline, email, online community and support groups.
Lead Contact: Donna Collins
Parents 1st empower parents to be emotionally well through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Peer supporters offer mothers and fathers time to talk. They can recognise signs of depression, and help prevent problems escalating in the crucial early days of transition to parenthood.
If professional intervention is needed, we can connect mothers with medical care, particularly important with mothers who are isolated. Mothers can also talk through their feelings in the informal setting of a ‘Fit4Mums’ class, invaluable for those vulnerable to depression.
Lead Contact: Katie Clark
Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK
The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership is a group of health professionals, charity leaders, mental health campaigners, and advocates with lived experience of perinatal mental illness. We have several very exciting projects in the planning stage, all intended to influence significant changes to perinatal mental health services nationally and locally.
Lead Contact: Andy Mayers
Person Shaped Support
We recognise when people are in need and find new and practical ways to help them get the most from life.
This could be at home, in their families, in their health and well-being or within their wider support networks.
It’s our innovative approaches that set us apart. We don’t want to be just another service deliverer. We want to have an influence on society through what we do – just as we did in PSS’ early days.
Lead Contact: Pauline McPartland
Petals is a Cambridge based charity that delivers a free specialist counselling to women and partners who suffer psychological distress from trauma and grief related to all the unexpected outcomes of pregnancy and birth.
Petals run an established counselling service at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and are currently piloting the same service at Queen Charlottes and St Mary's Hospitals, London. The service is unique, providing up to 6x1 hour counselling sessions free, to women or couples who are experiencing anxiety, trauma or loss during the perinatal/neonatal period.
Lead Contact: Karen Burgess
PIP-UK (Parent-Infant Partnership)
Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK's task is to provide services in local communities to babies who are struggling to develop a secure attachment relationship with their primary caregiver (generally the mother), and to provide a range of therapeutic interventions that can promote positive interactions within the infant-parent relationship.
Lead Contact: Claire Rees
Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
PSI headquarters is located in Portland Oregon and has members all over the world, including volunteer coordinators in every one of the United States and in more than 36 other countries. PSI disseminates information and resources through its volunteer coordinators, website and annual conference. Its goal is to provide current information, resources, education, and to advocate for further research and legislation to support perinatal mental health.
Lead Contact: Vivette Glover
Quarriers is one of Scotland’s largest social care charities. They provide practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances. They challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.
Lead Contact: Heather Baker
We’re the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year we help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.
Rethink Mental Illness
Since 1972 we have been challenging attitudes and changing lives, helping people living with conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and more to recover a better quality of life.
Lead Contact: Katherine Crawshaw
Royal College of General Practitioners
The RCGP is the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and overseas. We are committed to improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training.
The RCGP has identified Perinatal Mental Health as a Clinical Priority. It aims to develop and implement a strategy for primary care. Through the work of the Clinical Champion, the College will work with partners in promoting models of best practice and pathways of care and will develop learning and educational resources.
Lead Contact: Dr Judy Shakespeare
Contact phone: 020 3188 7400
Royal College Of Midwives
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is the professional organisation and trade union that represents the majority of practising midwives in the UK. The RCM is the voice of midwifery, providing excellence in representation, education, professional guidance and influence for and on behalf of midwives and women and their families. Our membership is a united front of midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives. We offer membership both in the UK and internationally.
Lead Contact: Janet Fyle
Royal College of Nursing
The Royal College of Nursing are committed to raising awareness of maternal mental health, and facilitating better understanding of the impact this has on a critical part of wellbeing for mothers, fathers and their children. We actively engage in supporting the vision and philosophy of the MMHA, including providing secretarial support for stakeholder meetings and recently held a library exhibition at our headquarters in London to enhance public and professional understanding.
Lead Contact: Carmel Bagness
Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
The RCOG works to improve women’s health care across the world. We work with a range of partners both in the UK and globally to improve the standard of care delivered to women, encourage the study of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), and advance the science and practice of O&G.
Lead Contact: Gerald Chan, Director of Policy & Public Affairs
Contact phone: 020 7772 6446
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Our mission is to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise.
The College is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of children and young people. Recognising the importance of the mental health agenda, we have a number of work streams focused on improving core skills for healthcare professionals.
Lead Contact: Emily Arkell
Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional body responsible for education and training, and setting and raising standards in psychiatry.
Lead Contact: Maddalena Meile
The Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.
Lead Contact: Oliver Chantler
Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology
The Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP) is an international multidisciplinary organisation that promotes the scientific study, pure and applied, of all psychological and behavioural matters related to human reproduction. Through scientific meetings and workshops, our journal (Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology) and newsletter, liaison with professional bodies and the public, and discourse between members, we attempt to address issues at all stages of reproduction, pregnancy and birth and infant health.
Lead Contact: Julie Jomeen
Support 2gether is a charity in Northern Ireland supporting families who live with antenatal and postnatal depression. The charity is driven by people with lived experience and provides support groups within rural communities, one to one support via home visits and telephone support. Support 2gether is passionate about educating the public and future parents. We do this by working in partnership with others and raising awareness through antenatal classes and workshops.
Lead Contact: Una Leonard
The Birth Trauma Association
The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) was established in 2004 to support women suffering from Post Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. We are not trained counsellors or therapists or medical professionals. We are mothers who wish to support other women who have suffered difficult births and we aim to offer advice and support to all women who are finding it hard to cope with their childbirth experience.
The BTA is the only organisation in the UK which deals solely and specifically with this issue. We aim to tackle the problem with work which is focused on three main areas:
(1) Raising awareness of birth trauma
(2) Working to prevent it
(3) Supporting families in need
The Stefanou Foundation
We are a philanthropic foundation with three investment programmes that enable us to make a social and economic impact. Our main project is the Healthy Relationships: Healthy Baby (HRHB) programme.
Lead Contact: Judith Rees
With the help of many MMHA members, Tommy’s developed a comprehensive digital resource for pregnant women around mental wellbeing in pregnancy. www.tommys.org/mentalhealth.
Developed with experts and women with experience, it includes: typical emotional changes in pregnancy; signs and symptoms of concern; common disorders in pregnancy; managing pregnancy with an existing mental health condition and where to seek further help and support. Filmed case studies from families with different experiences and content from a midwife and GP are included. Our midwifery-led pregnancy line is available for anyone worried about their mental health in pregnancy, or that of another (0800 0147 800).
We also developed the Wellbeing Plan, with a coalition of partners, to help women think about their Mental Wellbeing during pregnancy along with physical health. The Wellbeing Plan can be downloaded at the following address: www.tommys.org/file/Wellbeingplan.pdf
Lead Contact: Deirdre Debarra
Contact phone: 0800 0147 800
UK and Ireland Marcé Society
UKIMS was formed in 2004 when it was decided that although the Marcé Society was represented across the globe there was no actual British and Ireland Society. The first President, Dr Alain Gregoire created a multi-agency Executive Committee, with members from non-government organisations, midwifery, psychiatry, psychology and health visiting. Regional co-ordinators were also appointed to represent the views of members throughout the UK and Ireland.
Lead Contact: Jane Hanley
We work to break cycles of family dysfunction and child maltreatment by finding solutions to the root causes of damage.
•We undertake cutting edge research and identify global best practice
•We create preventive solutions and action plans
•We work directly with policy-makers to put these into practice
Lead Contact: George Hosking
The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has 215,000 members in over 6,500 WIs.The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Lead Contact: Lisa Plotkin
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Lead Contact: Marc Bush