When is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week?
Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th May 2021
What is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week?
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental health problems during and after pregnancy.
It’s all about raising public and professional awareness of perinatal mental health problems, advocating for women affected by it, changing attitudes and helping families access the information, care and support they need to recover.
Who is it organised by?
The week is organised and led by MMHA member the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK (PMHP UK), who launched the first-ever UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week in 2014.
PMHP UK is a small group of individuals, including women with lived experience, who came together to raise awareness of maternal mental health. They recently welcomed three new members: the Roshni 2 Project and fellow MMHA members The Motherhood Group and Prosperity’s.
What is this year’s theme?
This year’s theme is ‘Journeys to Recovery’.
The pandemic has dramatically changed the way services are delivered. In response to their survey about this year’s theme, PMHP UK received a huge number of requests to highlight how mums and families can seek support during this unusual time, alongside detailing the individual routes to recovery.
PMHP UK will provide a supportive platform for families and signpost them to vital resources and safe support which is what people need most at this time. The focus will be on ensuring parents feel well informed and supported at a time when anxiety is heightened for so many.
As ever, resources shared during the week will be available afterwards for all.
Each day will be themed and have its own unique hashtag:
PMHP UK has organised a packed rota of online activities, including Facebook Lives and Twitter chats. For a full list, visit perinatalmhpartnership.com.
- Follow PMHP UK on social media:
- Use the #journeystorecovery and #maternalmhmatters hashtags on social media when referring to the week and the daily specific hashtags if relating to the daily theme
- Tag PMHP UK in any posts during the week
- Highlight what your organisation/charity/support group does to help families affected by perinatal mental illness.
PMHP UK are more than happy to support media requests and to promote activities for the week! Contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.