Today is the start of the third annual UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness week, organised by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership. This is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about perinatal mental illness, advocating for mums affected by mental illnesses and helping them to access the information and support they need. To find out more about the week, including the daily themes, visit the MMHA guide to the week here.
Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week can generate a huge amount of grassroots activity around the UK. It provides organisations concerned with babies’ emotional well-being with an opportunity to highlight how support for parent-infant relationships can be incredibly valuable for some families affected by perinatal mental illness.
It can be difficult to talk about the link between maternal mental illness and babies’ development. These two new infographics describe the importance of early relationships for babies’ emotional development. They explain how stressors such as maternal mental illness can make it harder for parents to provide their babies with the sensitive, responsive care that babies need – especially if these problems occur in the presence of other adversity (click on the images below to download the full PDF).
As part of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week there are a huge number of events happening around the country. There will also be a lot of activity on social media (follow #maternalmhmatters). Every day of the week has a different theme, and Perinatal Mental Health Partnership will be running a number of ‘facebook live’ events. There will also be a #PNDHour every day this week on twitter. To connect with the week on social media you can find PMHP on Twitter @PMHPUK, Facebook or Instagram @perinatalmhpartnership.