Blog by Clare Thompson, Everyone’s Business Co-ordinator for Scotland
In this article, I will discuss the recent work done by the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Implementation Programme Board, the meetings of which I attend in my capacity as a Change Agent for Maternal Mental Health Scotland and an Everyone’s Business champion. Continue reading Implementing PIMH funding in Scotland: opportunities and risks
A recent survey, conducted by Healthwatch England, of 1,738 women who had been affected by perinatal mental health problems highlights inconsistencies in support during pregnancy and after having a baby, despite national NICE guidelines.
In their most recent report ‘Mental health and the journey to parenthood’, Healthwatch outline their findings. Continue reading New Healthwatch report finds perinatal mental health support is variable
This year’s Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) conference, in collaboration with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), will focus on the importance of good relationships in perinatal and infant mental health (PIMH) care.
“We are delighted to collaborate with iHV on their second annual PIMH conference and look forward to welcoming delegates, hearing from those with experience of PIMH care and discussing opportunities to improve relationships and access to specialist services.” Clare Dolman, Vice Chair of the MMHA
Continue reading MMHA collaborates with iHV on PIMH conference #iHVPIMH19
The Everyone’s Business Summer 2019 e-bulletin has all the latest updates from the Campaign, including details about:
- Progress in England and the remaining challenges.
- What’s happening with the £50 million in Scotland
- How campaigners in Northern Ireland are making the case for specialist services.
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When is it?
10th to 16th June 2019.
What is it?
A week-long campaign organised by The Association for Infant Mental Health UK (AIMH UK).
This year’s topic is ‘Difficult Beginnings’.
What’s happening and how to get involved
AIMH (UK) will be sharing articles each day following a different theme, see full list on the AIMH (UK) website.
Join in the discussion on Twitter using #IMHAW19.
In 2015, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland carried out a themed visit to find out how many women received care in a local adult acute ward, without their baby, during a period of perinatal mental illness. They found that just over one third of women were separated from their baby, sometimes for a prolonged period. In Scotland, it is a legal duty for Health Boards to provide joint mother and baby admissions. Continue reading Positive steps taken in Scotland to improve access to inpatient care
“We in Northern Ireland urgently request the commitment of investment and ring-fencing of funds required to ensure women, babies, families and communities get the care and support they need and deserve.”
– Consensus Statement on the improvement of Perinatal Mental Health services in Northern Ireland
Despite the stalemate in Stormont, all political parties in Northern Ireland have co-signed a ground-breaking Consensus Statement, drafted as part of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance Everyone’s Business campaign, committing to close the gap in specialist mental health provision for women during pregnancy and the first year after giving birth.
England, Scotland and Wales have faced similar challenges with their specialist perinatal mental health services, but in recent years each have seen significant improvements due to specific and targeted investment. While stakeholders in Northern Ireland have shown support in principal, until now a formal commitment had not been made. Continue reading Political parties in Northern Ireland agree landmark maternal mental health Consensus Statement
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s (MMHA) Everyone’s Business campaign welcomes today’s announcement from NHS England about the opening of specialist perinatal mental health services in the remaining areas of England, meaning women should now be able to access life-saving care in their local area. Continue reading NHS England announce specialist mental health support for new mums now available across England
When is it?
29th April to 5th May 2019, organised by MMHA member the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP).
What is it?
A week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums. The focus is on advocating for mums affected by maternal mental health and helping them to access the information and help they need to enable recovery.
This year’s theme for the third annual UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week is Mums Matter.
How to get involved
- Highlight what your organisation does to support families affected by perinatal mental illness
- Join in with the daily activities listed below
- Use the #maternalmhmatters hashtag on social media when referring to the week
Continue reading UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week 2019
The Everyone’s Business campaign Spring 2019 e-bulletin is now out, including details about:
- Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of more than £50m for perinatal and infant mental health
- London turning the map green
- NSPCC NI’s new report saying it’s ‘time for action’
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