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The PATH project is developing initiatives that will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues.

             Project Official Website: path-perinatal.eu

PATH – PerinAtal menTal Health – is part of the Interreg VA 2Seas programme and receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund and involves partners from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium (see below for partner details).

PATH project aims to enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild—moderate perinatal mental illness (PMI) via radical systemic change, developing an inclusive, holistic health structure, demand-driven and co-created with existing patients & expectant/new parents.

PATH aims to support parents pre-birth for their new role and help them avoid PMI. Currently, feelings of being a failure as a parent lead to a reticence in seeking help: 58% of pregnant women/new mothers fear they would be judged. PATH’s multiple entry points will allow women to access support in a way that best suits them. PATH also aims to improve the skills of healthcare professionals, equipping them to address PMI confidently and effectively. According to a Lille survey 70% of healthcare professionals do not feel they have enough knowledge to recognise PMI, and 27% of final year student midwives in the UK felt they had not received enough theoretical  knowledge to help them to recognise issues related to PMI. The PATH project aims to address both these issues.

Total Project Budget: €8.53 million
Project Duration: 3.5 years (1st February 2019 to 30th September 2022)

The Institute of Health Visiting is excited to be participating in such an innovative project. If you would like to find out more about this project and how you can get involved, please email [email protected]

All project partners:

There are also 22 observer partners: Postpartum Support International, Kent Police, The British Association for Supported Employment, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Service départemental de Protection Maternelle et Infantile, Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten, Réseau Bien Naitre en Artois, Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen, V&VN Kinderverpleegkunde, Universiteit Antwerpen, Syndicat Mixte du Grand Douaisis, TalkTone Ltd, CIRE – Délégation de Santé publique France en région Hauts-de-France, Data and Services Ltd, Vlaamse Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen, Vlaamse Beroepsoganisatie van Vroedvrouwen, Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Kraamvogel vzw, Patientenfederatie Nederland, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Obstetrie & Gynaecologie. Association Française de Maternologie, Fédération régionale de recherché en psychiatrie et santé mentale, Centre Collaborateur de l’Organisation Mondiale de la santé pour la recherche et la santé mentale.