EastEnders’ postpartum storyline and Lacey Turner’s performance gain recognition at British Soap Awards 2016

EastEnders star Lacey Turner has picked up the Best Actress and Best Dramatic Performance awards at this year’s British Soap Awards for her critically acclaimed work portraying Stacey’s postpartum psychosis.

During her speech, Turner mentioned post-partum psychosis and acknowledged the support of mental health charities Mind and Bipolar UK as well as campaigners with lived experience Kathryn Grant and Eve Canavan.

EastEnders also won the Best Storyline award for Stacey’s Postpartum Psychosis storyline.

Our thanks go to Clare Dolman, our Vice Chair, for all her hard work supporting EastEnders with the storyline. You can read Clare’s EastEnders blogs here and here.

Watch Lacey’s acceptance speech below.

 

World Maternal Mental Health Day – Maternal Mental Health Matters

logoToday (4th May) marks the first World Maternal Mental Health Day. Organisations from around the world — including the UK, US, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Argentina, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, and more — are leading efforts to raise awareness about maternal mental health through a collective social media push and in-country events. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance are joining these collective efforts and our members have been writing blogs, baking World MMH Day cakes, holding events, recording podcasts and raising awareness that #maternalMHmatters.

Follow the activity on Twitter @MMHAlliance

Use the hashtag #maternalMHmatters

Check out the global website: wmmhday.postpartum.net

Add the Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter account: twibbon.com/Support/world-mmh-day

World Maternal Mental Health Day – 4th May

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to do for World MMH Day, here are a selection of activities from some of our members:

The Breastfeeding Network will be promoting the maternal mental health page of the BfN website, preparing fact sheets on maternal mental health and signposting to other organisations. They’ll be part of the twitter conversations and inviting people via Facebook to share their stories related to breastfeeding and mental health.

Staff, volunteers and Trustees at Acacia Family Support are on board with World MMH Day. On 4th May they will be making the most of their community-based befriending service where mums and trained volunteers will be in attendance. Acacia will be baking a huge iced cake with World MMH Day written on it to celebrate that #maternalMHMatters. They have invited mums from the group and the local media to participate in a photo opportunity

Postpartum Support International will be putting up a poster to show that #maternalMHmatters

Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK have already started tweeting #maternalMHmatters

Mothers At Home Matter have been promoting World MMH Day amongst their European colleagues.

The Local Government Association will also be tweeting on the day using #maternalMHmatters

UK and Ireland Marce Society have written to the Welsh Government for their support on World MMH Day.

The NCT’s social and digital team will be supporting World MMH Day and NCT practitioners and branches are also being encouraged to get involved on 4th May.

The Big White Wall are writing a blog looking at digital technolocgy and its potential to impact maternal mental health.

 

Website: http://wmmhday.postpartum.net/

For more information visit events.

World Maternal Mental Health Day on 4th May

mmh_logo_1_side_mixedcase_enOrganisations from around the world — including the UK, US, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Argentina, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, and more — are leading efforts to raise awareness about maternal mental health through a collective social media push and in-country events.

Check out the website: wmmhday.postpartum.net

Join us to raise awareness on 4 May @MMHAlliance

Use the hashtag #maternalMHmatters

Add the Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter on 4th May: twibbon.com/Support/world-mmh-day

For more information visit our events page.

 

Congratulations to Rachael Jones, CEO of PANDAS for winning the Community Health Star Award from Good Morning Britain

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Congratulations to Rachael Jones, CEO of PANDAS, one of our member organisations, who has won the Good Morning Britain Community Health Star Award.

Rachael Jones suffered with post-natal depression after giving birth to her son.  She has gone on to help thousands of women cope with pre and post-natal depression, as well as their partners and families.

See the moment when Rachael hears she has won the award:

http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/health/charlotte-surprises-our-health-star-live-on-her-doorstep

Guidance highlights the role of Specialist Health Visitors in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

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All women and their partners should have access within their local health visiting service to a specialist health visitor in perinatal and infant mental health (PIMH).

That’s the conclusion of guidance published today by Health Education England (HEE) called Specialist Health Visitors in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health – What they do and why they matter.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/news-events/news/guidance-highlights-role-specialist-health-visitors-perinatal-infant-mental-health