DJ, broadcaster and campaigner Neev Spencer presented the 2nd annual perinatal mental health awards at this year’s Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) conference Diversity: Understanding and Reaching the Missing Families.
The Perinatal Mental Health Awards were announced at the MMHA conference on 6th September 2018 at Imperial College, London.
The awards are for services and individuals who show excellence in the categories of inclusivity; anti stigma; peer support; training and family focus.
Neev Spencer said:
“As a passionate campaigner for mental health, and with my own experience of postnatal depression, I am so excited to recognise outstanding practice in perinatal mental health.
“My own experience of postnatal depression has motivated me to raise awareness of maternal mental health and the reality that many mothers face in coping with perinatal mental health difficulties.
“Until I experienced postnatal depression, I never thought it was something that could affect me. Many mothers don’t talk about how they’re feeling and get the support they need early on. That’s a real shame because once we talk about it, it frees us to move on from the experience and to get the support that we need. I am passionate about raising awareness of mental health and especially pleased to present these awards.”
The award winners are:
- Anti-stigma Award for Perinatal Mental Health Awareness-Raising
Winner: Have you seen that girl?
Highly commended: The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership
- Perinatal Peer Support Award.
Winner: Mothers for Mothers
Highly commended: Action on Postpartum Psychosis
- Perinatal Mental Health Education and Training Award
Winner: Mellow Parenting
Highly commended: Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
- Family-focused Award for engaging and involving the whole family in perinatal work, supporting family members’ mental health alongside the parent-infant relationship during the perinatal period.
Winner: Building Attachment and Bonds Service
Highly commended: Amanda Tamlyn, perinatal and infant mental health specialist, Sussex Community Foundation Trust
- Big Lottery Diversity and Inclusivity Award, for showing innovation in meeting the needs of a diverse range of families experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties.
Highly commended: Leeds Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service