The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is working with member Centre for Mental Health to explore the impact of COVID-19 on maternal mental health.
Funded by Comic Relief, we will be conducting a rapid evidence review of the impact of COVID-19 on maternal mental health and services, including the voluntary and community sector, across all four UK nations.
Together, we are calling for MMHA members, new mothers, families, services and clinicians to please take part in this vital piece of work!
We will be exploring:
- What have been the greatest challenges for expectant mothers, mothers of young infants, their babies and partners over this period?
- Are there particular groups/cohorts of expectant mothers, mothers of young infants, their babies and partners who have experienced greater difficulty? And how are their needs being addressed (or not)?
- How have services from all sectors and across all four nations adapted to the challenges posed by the pandemic, lockdown, and ongoing restrictions?
- Are there lessons on provision that have been learned from this challenging time?
- What have been the greatest challenges to good quality care over this period, and which have been overcome (and how) and which have not?
Centre for Mental Helth are reviewing the national data, where this is available and accessible, and any published literature. However, they also want to hear directly from you. At this point, you can provide evidence in the following ways:
1. Attend a virtual evidence giving event
- These will take place on 22 October, 27 October, 4 November and 6 November 2020
and return to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also limited capacity for some one-to-one interviews, please request via the email address above.
2. Send in your written evidence
- Please written statements of evidence of up to 1,000 words to: email@example.com
- Please mark emails ‘Evidence for Maternal MH review’.
This call for evidence closes at 5pm Friday 6 November 2020.
To learn more, visit the Centre for Mental Health’s website.
Together, let’s use our collective voices and knowledge from the ground to make the resulting report as informed and impactful as possible!