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We have endeavoured to pull together a variety of resources to support healthcare professionals working in mental health.

Good Practice Points

This selection of our Good Practice Points around Mental Health and Mental Health issues have been written by topic experts, health visitors and others using the most up-to-date evidence.

All our Good Practice Points are available to iHV members only – login using your password to gain access. If you are not a member join us today.

Those who work alongside health visitors in public health related areas may join the iHV as Friends to access all our documents.

As a charity, the iHV relies on its membership income to continue to produce such resources – so please do support us.

 

Good Practice Points - Minority Groups

This selection of our Good Practice Points in working with Minority groups have been written by topic experts, health visitors and others using the most up-to-date evidence.

All our Good Practice Points are available to iHV members only – login using your password to gain access. If you are not a member join us today.

Those who work alongside health visitors in public health related areas may join the iHV as Friends to access all our documents.

As a charity, the iHV relies on its membership income to continue to produce such resources – so please do support us.

 


Working with different cultures

Toolkits

This edition of Health matters sets out the scale of the problem and presents actions that local areas can take to reduce health inequalities, improve physical health and life chances of people living with mental illness.


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PHE Health Matters reducing health inequalities in mental illness (short version)


New advice on perinatal mental health services for women, their partners and their families has been launched by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in partnership with NHS England and Health Education England.

The ‘Building Capacity, psychiatry leadership in perinatal mental health services’ project has released a new set of perinatal mental health leaflets written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners.

Written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners, they provide details on what services are available and how to access help. Access the following online from the RCSPYCH:

The child and maternal health section of the PHE FingerTips Tool brings together a range of publicly available data, information, reports, tools and resources on child and maternal health into one easily accessible hub. It helps you find and use the information and evidence you need to improve decision making as part of your planning or commissioning process. The data is regularly updated as new releases become available.

A ‘one-stop’ hub of resources to support GPs to deliver the best possible care to patients with perinatal mental health conditions.

Tools developed by the Mums and Babies in Mind team for leaders working in perinatal mental health including:  maternity services and GPs, commissioning, health visiting, midwifery, FNP, specialist perinatal mental health services, community and children’s services, adult mental health services, CAMHS and third sector.

This curricular framework sets out the different levels of knowledge and skills required by members of the Scottish workforce, who have contact with mothers and their babies, so they can support mothers, babies and their families to have positive well-being and good mental health during the perinatal period and to intervene in a timely and helpful way when mental ill-health is present.

Films and Videos


NHS England: Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Video - Antenatal Education (January 2019)

This video has been created to be shown to women and their families during the course of antenatal education and can be used by NHS health professionals in educational classes. It covers antenatal anxiety, maternal obsessive compulsive disorder, postnatal anxiety, postpartum psychosis, and postnatal depression.


NHS England: Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Video - Postnatal Education (January 2019)

This video has been created to be shown to perinatal women and their families during educational classes and can be used by NHS health professionals with women in the postnatal period. It covers birth trauma, postnatal depression and a partner’s perspective of antenatal depression, postnatal anxiety, and bonding difficulties.


Perinatal Mental Health Service | Surrey Partnership NHS Trust


Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit - KMPT NHS

Rosewood Mother and Baby Unit (MBU)


Perinatal Positivity

iHV is delighted to be a partner in the making of this film.

Perinatal Positivity uses the real voices and experiences of women and men who have had mental wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. We hope it will help you emotionally prepare and find support, if needed, at this time. There is a subtitled version of the film on the clips page.

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How the brain develops, grows, and learns throughout our lives

A two-minute animated introduction to brain development


Eating Disorders in Pregnancy animation

iHV has worked with the Greater Manchester and North West Coast iHV PIMH Champions Forum, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and others to develop the research base for eating disorders in the perinatal period. Eating Disorders are a serious mental illness, characterised by disturbance of eating that significantly impairs health and psychosocial functioning.


Channel 4 News - Cuts to vital service for new parents and babies scrutinised

Broadcast in April 2018 – Victoria Macdonald, Health & Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News, investigates the cuts to a vital service for new parents and babies – health visitors. It means mental health problems like depression are often not being picked up. She finds out what impact that’s having on the health service front line.


Why the role of the health visitor helps give every child the best start in life

iHV news-style programme on the vital role of health visitors – which forms part of ‘The Public’s Health Across The Life Course’ series, coordinated by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), in partnership with ITN Productions. Broadcast in October 2017.

Thanks to Whittington Health and Haringey Children’s Community Service for their support in making this programme and all the health visitors and parents who made it possible.


Knowing Me, Knowing You video

Southern Health NHSFTs Health Visiting team have produced this wonderful video for women with PND called “Knowing Me, Knowing You”.

The “Knowing Me, Knowing You” support group was set up initially by SHFT Andover Health Visiting Team in partnership with Andover Mind to support mothers with anxiety and low mood postnatally.




Transition to Parenthood

Dr Crispin Day – Centre for Parent and Child Support South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – talks about the importance of transition to parenthood for the developing infant and parents, and the unique position health visitors hold to support parents in their journey to improve the outcomes for children and families.


Maternal Mental Health

Dr Jane Hanley – health visitor and recent past president of the International Marcé Society talks about the importance of maternal mental health and the unique position health visitors are in to support the whole family.

Dr Liz MacDonald-Clifford – Consultant Psychiatrist shares an introduction to Post-partum Psychosis.

Dr Liz MacDonald-Clifford – Consultant Psychiatrist shares symptoms of Post-partum Psychosis.

Dr Liz MacDonald-Clifford – Consultant Psychiatrist shares symptoms of Schizophrenia as seen in new parents.

Dr Liz MacDonald-Clifford – Consultant Psychiatrist shares how to recognise delusional thinking in parents.

Dr Liz MacDonald-Clifford – Consultant Psychiatrist shares when mothers may be admitted to a Mother and Baby unit.


Spot the Signs - Domestic Slavery

Modern Slavery can happen anywhere and to anyone who is vulnerable.  This video is part of a new community-led pilot to raise awareness of domestic servitude taking place in UK households.

Call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or report online (https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/) if you are worried about someone.


Mosaic Films - stories of postnatal depression

Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression is a series of 5 films highlighting personal stories of perinatal mental health issues. Animation is combined with personal testimony to give honesty and power to the narratives of 5 parents who have endured the trauma, fear and anxiety of mental distress before ultimately finding a way through.

This series was produced for Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.


APP - Personal Experiences

Action on Postpartum Psychosis – a collection of personal stories, poetry, art & videos created by women, their partners or family and friends who have experienced PP.

Briefings

The iHV issued this briefing to help our perinatal mental health (PMH) champions, and health visitors in general, interpret the NICE Guidance (192) in relation to health visiting (HV) interventions.

To read NICE Guidance (national Clinical Guideline Number 192)


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iHV briefing for HVs on new NICE Guidance on Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health (Dec 2014)


Other useful resources


Center on the Developing Child - Epigenetics and Child Development: How Children’s Experiences Affect Their Genes


Guidance Document on Valproate (March 2019)

Experts from 13 national bodies, including seven Royal Colleges, have joined forces to launch new practical guidance to support doctors and other health professionals around valproate use in women and girls in their reproductive years.

The ‘pan-College’ advice is based on 2018 regulations issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) around the prescribing and dispensing of valproate – but looks at the more challenging issues that clinicians across primary and specialist care might encounter in daily practice. These include transition from paediatric to adulthood services, competence to consent to treatment, and confidentiality.

Valproate is licensed for use only in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder as it carries significant risk of birth defects and developmental disorders in children born to women who take the drug in pregnancy.

The MHRA regulations state that valproate should not be prescribed to women in their reproductive years without a pregnancy prevention plan (PPP), unless a girl or woman suffers from a type of epilepsy that is not responding to other treatments.

 


PiP(UK) Infographics

Collection of information from NHS England on their PMH plans

This information is for the partners, family and friends of any woman with Perinatal OCD.

These three principles can guide decision-makers as they choose among policy alternatives, design new approaches, and shift existing practice in ways that will best support building healthy brains and bodies. They point to a set of key questions: What are current policies, systems, or practices doing to address each principle? What could be done to address them better? What barriers prevent addressing them more effectively?

NEST’s research aims to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of new fathers in the UK. You may find the links to additional resources and helplines useful in the resources section.

The Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health has developed a suite of mental health promotion and prevention resources for supporting recovery and building resilience in the context of disasters. The resources are for pregnancy and early parenting, and for infants and young children. There are children’s storybooks to support children who have experienced different disasters.


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Muslim Women's Network - Mental Health & Muslim Communities



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WAIMH Position Paper on the Rights of Infants


Mental Health Europe has created this map which gathers helplines or support organisations for young people in all European countries. In a few clicks, this interactive map will help you find more details on support services for young people in your country.