Conference 2018 Diversity – understanding and reaching the missing families

Join us for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference 2018 – the annual conference dedicated to providing stimulating debate and discussion on perinatal mental health.

6th September 2018, London

This year’s theme is Diversity – understanding and reaching the missing families

The conference will:

  • provide an overview of the latest research on families experiencing barriers in accessing perinatal mental health support
  • highlight the latest thinking and interventions to meet the needs of hard to reach communities
  • share the stories of women from diverse backgrounds
  • bring together practitioners and experts from adult, child, maternity, social care, early years and perinatal mental health services to discuss diversity and perinatal mental health problems
  • showcase Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM), Everyone’s Business and Maternal Mental Health Alliance and A Better Start (ABS)


What do we mean by diversity?

Diversity encapsulates vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented families who may experience additional barriers in accessing perinatal mental health services.

These families may include (but will not be limited to) those with LGBTI parents, families affected by parental imprisonment, BAME families, families from the travelling community, families where a parent has a long term physical health condition, families where a parent has learning disability, families where parents are care leaver, families where parents have younger or older parents.

We hope the 2018 conference will start a conversation about diversity and provides an opportunity to focus on identifying and breaking down the barriers to mental health services for everyone.

The 2010 Equality Act’s nine protected characteristics provides a good starting point for looking at questions of diversity.

We welcome ideas for speakers, talks and workshops – contact Dr Camilla Rosan