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Parent Experiences

Coming soon – some blogs and lived experiences.

Useful links

Perinatal Mental Health Treatment - resources for parents

Free evidence-based resources for new parents.

MHE: Short Guide to Psychiatric Drugs

Mental Health Europe (MHE) has launched a new resource for people experiencing mental health difficulties.   

Coping with Stress and Alcohol

One Plus One’s digital resource for parents where stress and drinking alcohol is an issue.


Letters of Light project

A Letter of Light is a handwritten letter of peer support written by a mum with lived experience of a maternal mental health (MMH) illness and sent to a mum currently suffering.

  • A compassionate letter a mum can read when in need of a little light
  • A letter she can use to help start a conversation with loved ones about how she’s feeling
  • A peer support letter a MMH professional can use to aide a patient’s recovery

Bliss is an 8 session interactive online therapy program for depression that you complete on your own. The program is based on psychotherapy treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT for short. CBT has been shown to be effective treatment for depression. The program is designed to teach you techniques that have been shown to be effective at improving your mood and mental health.

This infographic illustrates the relationship between ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and toxic stress.

This website provides calming techniques, exercises, games and videos for young people to help them feel better when they feel anxious, scared or sad.

The theme for Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 (3-9 February 2020) is ‘Find your Brave’. Free primary and secondary resources are now available on the Children’s Mental Health Week website, including assembly guides, slides, group activities, fundraising ideas and more to help schools and youth groups explore what it means to Find your Brave. Also available are top tips and other resources for parents and carers.

The Perinatal Peer Support Principles are a set of five values designed to give peer supporters the confidence to create and deliver peer support that meets the needs of women and families affected by mental health problems during pregnancy or the postnatal period.

Adherence to the principles should help ensure that peer support during this important time is:

  • safe
  • inclusive
  • informed
  • benefitting everyone involved
  • distinct from – but closely connected to – clinical perinatal mental health services.

Healthwatch England report shares what parents have told about their experiences of mental health problems during and after pregnancy, and calls on services to give people more opportunities to talk about their mental wellbeing.

NHS Scotland’s guide for parents – Your guide to pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood up to 8 weeks

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

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:

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

A great video on the Perinatal Mental Health Service and how it can help you.

Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger

Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger, from Best beginnings,  is a text support service offering 24/7 confidential text help to parents who are in emotional pain or a crisis.

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Find out more about Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger

Perinatal Positivity

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 their clips page.

Click here for more info

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

A two-minute animated introduction to brain development

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.

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.

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.