Guest blog by Holly Latham, Lived Experience Coordinator
Growing research has shown that arts, crafts, creative writing, music, and dance can be incredibly beneficial in supporting mental health.
In celebration of Friday’s theme for Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, it’s time to focus on hope, recovery, and self-care.
As someone who personally experienced postnatal depression after the birth of my daughter, I’ve been prompted to reflect on what helped me through those dark days. While there was a myriad of things that helped, such as family support, talking therapy, medication, and time, it was engaging in creative practices, particularly stitching, that made a profound impact on my recovery and continued wellbeing. Continue reading Perinatal Positivity Pot: Using creative practice for maternal mental health and wellbeing →
When is it?
29th April to 5th May 2019, organised by MMHA member the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP).
What is it?
A week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums. The focus is on advocating for mums affected by maternal mental health and helping them to access the information and help they need to enable recovery.
This year’s theme for the third annual UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week is Mums Matter.
How to get involved
- Highlight what your organisation does to support families affected by perinatal mental illness
- Join in with the daily activities listed below
- Use the #maternalmhmatters hashtag on social media when referring to the week
Continue reading UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week 2019 →
This week (April 30 – 6 May) is the second annual UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness week, coordinated by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK. More than one in ten women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year of their baby’s life. Untreated, perinatal mental illness is one of the leading causes of death for women during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
The members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance are committed to working together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year. We want to ensure that care is provided across the pathway for women and their families.
Together with Comic Relief, we recently commissioned Mind and the McPin Foundation to develop a set of principles to help voluntary and community sector organisations ensure that their peer support programmes for mums with maternal mental health difficulties are safe and effective.
Our Campaign, Everyone’s Business, focuses on ensuring that women and families across the UK get access to specialist perinatal mental health services that meet national standards. Our recently launched new maps show where there are gaps in service provision. We want to turn the map green!
Our Mums and Babies In Mind project supports local leaders in four areas of England (Blackpool, Southend, Haringey and Gloucestershire) to improve care and quality of life for mums with mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year of life, and their babies. We capture and share the work we do to inform and inspire those who commission and provide services across the UK.
This week you can join the conversation about maternal mental health on social media using the hashtag #maternalMHmatters. Find out what is happening each day on our website or by following @PMHPUK on Twitter or joining the Facebook group.
Maternal mental health is everyone’s business.
Last year, the first ever UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week took place, led by our member organisation, the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK. During the week, the second World Maternal Mental Health Day was celebrated on Wednesday 3rd May with countries around the world marking the day with events and campaigning activities.
This year the second UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Week is planned for 30th April to 6th May 2018.
The theme is ‘Support For All’ with a focus on enabling all families affected by perinatal mental illness to access the information and help they require for recovery. Throughout the week, the hashtag #maternalmhmatters will be used on social media.
The third World Maternal Mental Health Day will take place on Wednesday 2nd May with details on how to get involved here.
Continue reading UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week: Support For All →
Second UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Week
Last year was the first UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Week, led by one of our members, Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK. This year the week will be taking place again with an opportunity to communicate the message that maternal mental health matters. During the week, World Maternal Mental Health Day will also take place on Wednesday 2nd May.
When is it?
30th April 2018 – 6th May 2017 (2nd May World Maternal Mental Health Day)
Continue reading Second Maternal Mental Health Matters Week →