May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Charities and organisations across the country are celebrating with mums and families, and using this opportunity to focus on how and where mums can seek help and support for their mental health.
For anyone who is struggling in the Great Yarmouth area the Priory PIMHS (Parent Infant Mental Health Service) provides specialist services to help vulnerable families. We run a weekly programme of small nurture groups at the Priory Children's Centre to support families with newborn babies through to 5 years old. We can also arrange one-to-one visits to mums who are experiencing post-natal depression, low mood or anxiety.
Video Interaction Guidance can help to strengthen the attachment between mum and baby, particularly in the early days. The service is also offered to dads who may be struggling to bond with their baby, or who may need support with their own anxiety around becoming a father.
At the beginning of 2017 we launched The Listening Project after being awarded funding from Comic Relief. This has given us the flexibility to support women in the perinatal period who are finding it difficult to come into the Children's Centre for support. We work with expectant mums to help them to become more confident to work with our team when the baby arrives.
The Project, run by co-workers Susan Robson and Kim White, has been running for 17 months now and has been incredibly successful, receiving a total of 78 referrals from local professionals.
"We are able to offer 1:1 visits in the home to women with anxiety, depression or who are socially isolated. The focus is on the wellbeing of the mum and their relationship with their developing infant." Susan Robson, Listening Project
How to get in touchIf you would like to speak to a member of the PIMHS team, call: 01493 743004, or ask to be referred by your Midwife or Health Visitor.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Listening Project, call Susan or Kim on: 01493 743034.
We also offer a range of therapeutic interventions, including counselling.
Visit our website for more information.