First annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference to explore intergenerational mental health

The first annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance conference Intergenerational Mental Health: working with mums and babies in perinatal mental health practice, will take place on 13th  September 2017 at Imperial College, London.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of over eighty five national professional and patient organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

The conference, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, brings together international experts, practitioners, service users and academics to explore how a whole-family approach can break the intergenerational cycle of mental health problems.

It will also announce the winners of the first perinatal mental health awards recognising best practice and achievement in five categories:

  • the Emma Cadywould award for perinatal mental health education and training;
  • the anti-stigma award for perinatal mental health awareness raising;
  • the perinatal peer support award;
  • the partner involvement award
  • and the Big Lottery transgenerational service award.

Delegates will hear about ground-breaking academic research and stories of perinatal mental health service users across the UK. Internationally acclaimed speakers include:

  • Susie Orbach, author, journalist and psychotherapist
  • Mark Hanson, Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences and British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science at the University of Southampton.
  • Shiela Redfern, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Clinical Services, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Louise Howard, Head of Women’s Mental Health, King’s College London & Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist
  • Claudia Buss, Professor of Medical Psychology, Charité University Medicine Berlin
  • Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry, King’s College London & Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist

Nominations for awards are now closed but the call for posters is open until 31 August to allow individuals and teams to share their ideas and their work in improving perinatal mental health. Submit a poster on a service, project or new idea here.

Special rates available for students and not-for-profits, tickets can be booked here.