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Mums Matter – celebrating the success of the Cheshire and Merseyside Perinatal Mental Health Service

30th May 2019

Mums_Matter_event_CM_-_pic.jpgDuring Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week, the Cheshire and Merseyside specialist community perinatal mental health service held a celebration and awareness event at the Storybarn in Calderstones Park, Liverpool.

The ‘Mums Matter’ event brought together service partners and the families they support to enjoy a series of health and wellbeing stalls and presentations. Mums were able to meet up, share stories and let their little ones play together in the purpose-made buildings run by The Reader Organisation.

Mums_Matter_event_CM_-_pic_of_mums_and_children.jpgThe multi-disciplinary service was set up 18 months ago, funded by more than £3m from NHS England, to support new and expectant mums experiencing mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year after birth. The partnership – a collaboration between Mersey Care, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, North West Boroughs Healthcare and various other local perinatal mental health partners - aims to improve access to evidence-based treatments and training so that women in Cheshire and Merseyside can receive consistent, high quality care.

Other partners including Mersey Care’s Life Rooms also joined in on the day, offering a range of courses and opportunities to support families. One of the highlights of the day was an impromptu sing-along as staff and service users joined in with the Singing Mamas Choir.

"I was struggling to get through difficult times and I don’t know what I’d have done without their support.”

There was also a serious side to the awareness event, as one mum, Meg, explained: “This is an invaluable service that has really helped me get through some big changes in my life and coping with my second child. I was struggling to get through difficult times and I don’t know what I’d have done without their support.”

Women are more likely to suffer from mental health issues during the perinatal period than at any other point in their lives. More than 20% of the 27,000 women giving birth in Cheshire and Merseyside each year experience some sort of mental health issue. It is recognised that these difficulties can have a long-term impact on both mother and child if left untreated. Early intervention from the new specialist service will reduce the risk of local women and their children from experiencing problems in the future.

More information

For more information on the Cheshire and Merseyside specialist community perinatal mental health service, call 0151 702 4012 or email perinatalmentalhealthteam@merseycare.nhs.uk

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