The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has over 100 members that represent or provide care and support to parents and families. MMHA members are essential to who we are, our collective voice.
Based across the Forth Valley region, we help mums struggling with anxiety and depression in pregnancy, and after their baby is born.
We match them up with highly-trained volunteer befrienders. They offer emotional support in order to help tackle poor mental health and wellbeing.
Our befrienders are there for them while they are pregnant, and until baby is one. This friendship helps mum, her partner and immediate family as a result. We aim to improve parents’ mental health and promote healthy attachments between baby and parents.
Acacia Family Support
Acacia provides, free of charge, a wide range of individual, group-based and peer support services to help women recover from the symptoms associated with pre and postnatal depression and anxiety. Their services are delivered across Birmingham by a team of 40 trained volunteers and a small staff team and they include telephone befriending, individual listening/befriending, CBT based group workshops, telephone support and practical in-home support. Acacia's staff and volunteers have themselves experienced maternal mental health or other mental health problems. This helps them to better understand how women are feeling and to show them that this is a temporary illness and that they can get through it.
Lead Contact: Vicki Hook
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 0121 301 5990
Action Mental Health
Action Mental Health changes the lives of those living with mental ill health and promotes resilience and well-being to future generations.
Lead Contact: Amanda Jones
Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting women and families affected by postpartum psychosis (PP).
PP is a severe form of postnatal illness that affects 1-2 in every 1,000 new mums. Symptoms begin in the days following childbirth and include hallucinations, delusions, elation or depression, and extreme confusion.
APP: runs an award-winning peer support service, connecting women and families to recovered volunteers; develops patient information; raises awareness; dispels myths and stigmas; campaigns for improved perinatal mental health services; trains health professionals; and facilitates vital research into the condition.
APP is hosted by the University of Birmingham, and is run by academics, health professionals and women and families who have been affected by PP.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 020 3322 9900
Action Trauma is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing lives for the better by promoting awareness of trauma and trauma recovery. Action Trauma create and deliver international and local conferences and events addressing all aspects of trauma, anxiety and stress, and recovery.
Action Trauma Network has now been launched. The network will provide a space to connect like-minded professionals, working with clients/patients affected by trauma, to bring hope, recovery, resilience and healing by having direct resources and contact information to reach out to each other and learn from each other’s expertise and knowledge.
Lead Contact: Claire Speers
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Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Association for Infant Mental Health (AiMH UK)
AiMH UK is an interdisciplinary, not-for-profit organization, promoting understanding about infant mental health (IMH). AiMH’s primary function is to support the UK community of infant mental health practitioners to come together and learn from each other, and to contribute to the raising of standards of IMH practice.
Lead Contact: Lin Carruthers
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 works with vulnerable children, young people, families and communities, helping them to build a better future. Their aim is to reach out to the most disadvantaged children to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life and can reach their full potential.
The aim of Basis is to provide online access to up-to-date research based evidence about infant sleep, in forms that are accessible to parents and health practitioners, supported by references to research relevant to families in the UK.
Lead Contact: Helen Ball
Beelotus is a not for profit organisation delivering post-natal support to mothers diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Their mission is to provide Early Help services to parents experiencing mental health illnesses.
Their vision is a society where all parents experiencing a mental health illness are not judged nor isolated but are supported and empowered to provide a loving, safe and healthy environment for their child.
To break the cycle of intergenerational trauma related to mental health challenges in parents.
Lead Contact: Hannah Adigun
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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: Jaskiran Gill
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
Practical and emotional support to pregnant women and new mothers experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage. Raising awareness and improving policy and practice of the needs of this group of women.
Lead Contact: Anna Wise
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 07786 136 363
Birthlight's objectives are to promote the physical and mental wellbeing during pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood of women, babies and fathers in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the rest of the world through education and research.
Lead Contact: Dr Francoise Freedman
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Birthrights champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights. They provide advice and information on legal rights, train doctors and midwives and campaign to change maternity policy and systems.
Lead Contact: Amy Gibbs
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.
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: Joanna Holmes
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (BPS)
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: Sarah Finnis
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 was commissioned by the MMHA to write the ‘Costs of perinatal mental health problems’ report: bit.ly/2BTZKzz
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: bit.ly/39R4t1p
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
Centred Soul is a not-for-profit organisation, based in Newry, founded by Rosemary Deans. Rosemary's background is in Social Work, working with children & families, adults with mental health issues & learning needs.
Centred Soul is all about working with families, with a particular focus on keeping ourselves 'centred' and well during pregnancy, following the birth of our babies and when tackling the everyday ups & downs of family life. We do this by organising fun & down to earth events, therapeutic activities & experiences.
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
Fertility Network UK
Fertility Network UK is the UK's leading patient-focused fertility charity providing ree and impartial support, advice, information and understanding for anyone affected by fertility issues.
Lead Contact: Kate Brian
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 01424 732361
For Baby’s Sake
The For Baby’s Sake Trust (originally named the Stefanou Foundation) was set up philanthropically by Stelio Stefanou. Its aim was to tackle the root causes of disadvantage and vulnerability focusing on very young babies who do not have a voice. For Baby’s Sake empower parents to break cycles of abuse, to transform the life-chances of whole families and move forward in positive change, starting with the baby.
Lead Contact: Judith Rees
Have You Seen That Girl
Lead Contact: Lindsay Robinson
Hearts and Minds Partnership
The Hearts and Minds Partnership is made up of three perinatal mental health charities who will be delivering partnership activities across the following areas; Acacia Family Support (West Midlands), Bluebell Care (South West) and Smile Group (North West).
They are planning to host a series of regional and national workshops and events to enable people to come together as well as develop and deliver bespoke training to support emerging groups who are committed to supporting families affected by mental health issues during pregnancy and after birth.
Lead Contact: Natalie Nuttell
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
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
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
Make Birth Better
Make Birth Better is a collective of experts who bring together lived experience and extensive professional knowledge of birth trauma and vicarious trauma.
Make Birth Better offers support to all of those affected by birth trauma by providing information and signposting. We also aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of birth trauma through clinically-led education, campaigning and research.
Lead Contact: Nikki Wilson (CEO) | Evelien Docherty (interim CEO)
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 charity 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 perinatal OCD and campaign for improved specialist services. Recent projects include a new online support group, working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to create up to date literature, providing support resources for recovery and supporting researchers in this field. Follow us: @maternalocd
Lead Contact: Diana Wilson
Contact phone: For support please contact OCD Action: 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 a leading mental health charity working in England and Wales. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and we campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Work relating to maternal mental health continues across our network of 147 local Minds, including delivering the ‘Mums Matter’ service. In Wales, we were involved in the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s inquiry into perinatal mental health during the last Senedd term. Mind’s information pages include info about postnatal depression which was updated in 2020.
MIND Cymru provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
MindWise are a leading mental health charity in Northern Ireland who support people affected by mental illness in their journey from recovery to discovery.
Lead Contact: Seaneen Molloy
Motherdom is a new mental wellbeing magazine and social enterprise aimed at parents of little ones.
Lead Contact: Anna Ceesay
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
Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK)
The Muslim Women's Network, our 100th member, gather evidence about the experiences of Muslim women and girls on key issues affecting them and use the information to improve their rights through advocacy and campaigning.
National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH)
The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) brings together world-leading researchers from Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor Universities to learn more about the triggers and causes of mental health problems.
We aim to help improve diagnosis, treatment and support for the millions of people affected by mental ill-health every year, as well as tackle the stigma faced by many. Key to achieving these aims is to engage with services and their users, the third sector and the wider public to increase understanding of mental illness, and by supporting and undertaking mental health research.
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 Children’s Bureau
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
Engaging with three out of four UK mums, Netmums is the UK’s most diverse, inclusive and supportive parenting community. Netmums not only attracts millions of unique users on site every month - with over 2 million registered members generating more than 200,000 posts in the Netmums forum every month - it also hosts the UK's largest parent Facebook audience of 1.3 million followers, and more than 300,000 subscribers to its daily and weekly newsletters.
In addition to the forum, the site’s unique structure combines the most comprehensive national parenting, pregnancy and fertility content with a local listings channel that spans the entire UK, with more listings than any other family listings site. It is also the only UK site to offer a free online Parent Supporter Service (PSS), which provides free one-to-one support for thousands of the UK’s most vulnerable parents via a specially trained team of Parent Supporters, including Health Visitors and staff from Women’s Aid. The PSS extended its user support offering in 2017 by launching Netmums Daily Drop-In Clinic that operates every weeknight in the Netmums forum. Our forum is moderated and parents with issues can receive real-time support in the Netmums Drop In Clinic: https://www.netmums.com/info/netmums-drop-in-clinic-parent-supporter-service.
As well as providing responsive, personalised replies using their considerable expertise, the team is committed to sharing up-to-date, practical knowledge and signposting to the most relevant and reliable sources of support.
Netmums is available to any mum who needs additional support with her maternal mental health, and this support is extended to partners and other family members. Our local sites include details of support groups for mums with maternal mental health issues and are linked to evidence-based content.
Lead Contact: Ashley Duncan & Tracey Stone
NSPCC’s vision is that every baby should be safe, nurtured and able to thrive. As part of our All Babies Count campaign, we 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. Since then we have also published additional reports focused on perinatal mental health and the services offered in Wales and Northern Ireland, From bumps to babies: perinatal mental healthcare in Wales, and Time for action on perinatal mental healthcare in Northern Ireland. We are also developing, testing and scaling up a number of services which aim to support perinatal mental health, including Baby Steps and Pregnancy in Mind.
Lead Contact: Louise Harrington
Contact email: Louise.Harrington@NSPCC.org.uk
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: Annie Belasco
The Parent-Infant Foundation is a national charity which believes that all babies should have a sensitive, nurturing relationship to lay the foundation for lifelong mental and physical health. The charity supports the growth and quality of specialised parent-infant relationship teams across the UK by bringing together and supporting the sector, providing collaborative leadership and campaigning for policy change.
Lead Contact: Sally Hogg
Led by experienced practitioners, Parents 1st UK shares everything we have learnt over the past 30+ years researching and developing perinatal peer support initiatives to enable best practice in perinatal peer support to flourish. Practitioners, funders, volunteers and parents can connect and collaborate, share good practice, access step-by-step guides to set up their own perinatal peer support programme, download 100s of free resources and much more.
Peer supporters empower parents to be emotionally well through pregnancy, birth and beyond. They can recognise signs that a parent is struggling and help prevent problems escalating in the crucial early days of transition to parenthood. If professional intervention is needed, peer supporters support and signpost parents to get the help they need, when they need it.
Our free online community hub is a platform for sharing and developing best practice in perinatal peer support - Join us to help peer support flourish across the UK!
Lead Contact: Mandy Evans
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Prosperitys is a Maternal Wellbeing Social Enterprise, founded in 2018, designed to empower Black South Asian pregnant women by offering practical and emotional support, to reduce the risk of developing maternal mental illness and becoming socially isolated.
Lead Contact: Clo Abe
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
Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.
Refuge aims to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. They provide a range of life-saving and life-changing services and a voice for the voiceless.
Lead Contact: Ellie Butt
Refugee Women Connect
Refugee Women Connect is a women-only charity set up to support women asylum-seekers, refugees and survivors of trafficking to build a safe life in the UK.
Lead Contact: Pip McKnight
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.
Relate NI is a charity with a mission to make expert information and support for healthy relationships available for everyone.
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: Jenny Priest, Director of Policy & Public Affairs
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 020 7772 6347
Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
RCOT is the professional body representing the diverse and thriving community of occupational therapy staff across the UK. With over 33,000 members we work to ensure the profession's rightful place in health and social care delivery and are committed to promoting the unique value and benefits of occupational therapy to the public, service commissioners and political representatives. We are proud to support a Clinical Forum for occupational therapists working in perinatal mental health.
Lead Contact: Sally Payne
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
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
Lead Contact: Kate Mulley
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 Daisy Foundation
The Daisy Foundation offers a unique range of classes and workshops which together support women, families and infants throughout the entire perinatal period. We are committed to excellent education, unconditional support, informed choice, supportive communities and nurturing confidence – for our teachers, mums, families and children.
The Human Milk Foundation
The Human Milk Foundation (HMF) is a charity that aims to ensure equitable access to milk bank services exist across the UK for families facing feeding challenges. The Hearts Milk Bank is now the UK's largest human milk bank, supporting over 50 neonatal units and hundreds of families in the community with access to specialist lactation support and donor milk after healthcare professional referral. The HMF also facilitates and supports research to create a truly evidence-based effective service.
Lead Contact: Dr Natalie Shenker
The Motherhood Group
The Motherhood Group connects mothers through events, workshops and meet-ups. They create a safe space for mothers to share challenges, triumphs, questions and advice on their personal motherhood journey, and provide support and encouragement.
Lead Contact: Sandra Igwe
The Parent Rooms (formerly We Are Pangs)
The Patients Association
The Patients Association is an independent patient charity campaigning for improvements in health and social care for patients.
Uniquely for a charity with a remit covering all health and care issues, we work with patients directly: they are our members and supporters, and also the people who benefit from our help and advice services. Through our helpline we support thousands of people each year with their concerns and queries about the health and social care system.
We also speak to government, the NHS and other stakeholders about patients' priorities and concerns, to ensure the patient voice is heard and acted upon.
Lead Contact: Sarah Tilsed
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pelvic Partnership
The Pelvic Partnership provides women and healthcare professionals with information about best practice for the treatment and management of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP), including the emotional impact, and to enable and empower women to access the right treatment.
The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK)
The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is a UK registered charity that raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work around the world and advocates for lasting change for children worldwide. This includes, for example, working to change UK Government policies and practices that are harmful to child rights in the UK and internationally. UNICEF UK is one of 33 UNICEF national charitable organisations based in industrialised countries.
In the UK, UNICEF UK works with the hospitals where children are born, the schools where children learn and grow, and the services that shape their lives, to make sure that every child has the same chance to shine.
In 2020, we helped nine out of 10 maternity units across the UK, supporting around 600,000 new babies as they enter the world. Around 1.5 million children go to schools that are becoming Rights Respecting, building an environment where every child is safe, respected and nurtured. And we are working with local governments in all four nations of the UK to help make our cities and communities places where all children, especially the most vulnerable, feel safe, heard, nurtured and able to flourish.
All over the world, including here in the UK, UNICEF promotes and protects the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF works with partners and supporters to:
- Advocate for and create change for children
- Unlock resources for programmes for children
- Promote children’s voices
Lead Contact: Joanna Moody, Senior Mental Health Advisor
Contact email: unicef.org.uk/contact-us
Tommy’s has developed a digital tool for pregnant women around mental wellbeing in pregnancy: www.tommys.org/wellbeing-plan This plan helps women think about their mental health during pregnancy and prepare for after the birth. This plan works alongside the existing printable version, which is available to download at www.tommys.org/file/Wellbeingplan.pdf
Developed with experts and women, Tommy’s has a comprehensive website with a specific content area about mental wellbeing. There is information about different mental health conditions, emotional changes in pregnancy, signs and symptoms, treatment during pregnancy, managing pregnancy with an existing mental health condition and where to find help and support. There are also films and case studies about mums and families who have had different experiences of mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy. Tommy’s midwifery-led pregnancy line is available for anyone worried about mental health in pregnancy (0800 0147 800).
Lead Contact: Sarah Siguine
Contact phone: 0800 0147 800
Twins Trust (previously TAMBA)
Twins Trust is the only UK-wide charity working to improve the lives of twins, triplets or more, and their families. We do this through successful campaigning to improve health and developmental outcomes; funding clinical research to reduce the risks faced before, during and after birth; and by providing practical support for all families, including those in crisis.
Lead Contact: Kelly McDonald
Contact email: email@example.com
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
Unite the union
Unite the union is the country’s biggest union with 1.4 million members with over 100,000 of the these members working in the health sector across the United Kingdom. Across our health sector we have a number of different professional associations and groups that comes into contact with women during pregnancy and their baby’s first year.
Lead Contact: Dave Munday
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone: 07918 630700
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
UK-wide not-for-profit eating disorder support organisation.
Lead Contact: Abigail Reynolds
Wellbeing of Women
Wellbeing of Women is the charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK. Every year they invest in special research projects and allocate funds towards the training of specialist doctors and midwives
Lead Contact: Jeremy Barratt
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
Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA)
Young Mums Support Network
YMSN was set up by Fiona Small, in 2011. Fiona’s vision was to create a place where young mothers could find support and training through programs that would empower them to make informed decisions about their lives and relationships. Today, YMSN is a Registered CIC that does just that.
Lead Contact: Fiona Small
Contact email: https://ymsn.co.uk/contact/
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Lead Contact: Nick Harrop