Perinatal Mental Health
There are a number of community services to support families both in the perinatal period, these can be from support groups, to services offered from the council to charity organisations and these can be viewed under the other services secondary.
Referral to the secondary care mental health services can be made through the Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS), locally their main base is in Melbury lodge in Winchester.
Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) provides a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of women with severe mental health problems in pregnancy and up to one year postnatal.
PMHS work with women during the perinatal period who have a pre-existing severe mental health diagnosis, such as a psychotic illness or bipolar affective disorder, even if they are currently well. PMHS also work with women who may be experiencing their first ever presentation of severe mental health difficulties or women who have experienced a previous postnatal psychosis.
Referrals to PMHS will be changing over to ERS soon; for now please refer via email.
There are also other community services whom support women and families with mental health problems in the perinatal period, please view other services section.
Out of hours call mother and baby unit: 01962897711
Address: Mother and baby unit, Melbury Lodge, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DG
The Wessex Healthier Together website and app provides information about maternal mental health and there are topics such as: antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety in the perinatal period, birth trauma, eating disorders in pregnancy and many more.
MIND Wellbeing centres also support new mums, on their website there is information on perinatal mental health and breathing techniques/meditations. Local MIND services in Hampshire are provided by Andover MIND and Solent MIND.
Knowing Me, Knowing You is a support group developed in partnership with Southern Health and iTalk , for mothers with mild to moderate peri-natal mental health problems.
The group provides up to eight mothers and their babies with a two-hour group session, which runs for seven weeks with the aims of enabling mothers to talk about their feelings, develop new coping strategies and to help understand why they might be feeling this way.
The group can be accessed through Health Visitors and Southern Health.
Knowing Us is a peer support group for mums with post natal depression in Andover. They meet every Tuesday and children are also welcome. Contact them by visiting their facebook page.
Formed through partnership of Bernardo’s and Southern health to create services accessible to families with children 0-5 years old. Use their website to search by location to see the services in the local area such as: ready steady mums social walking groups, five to thrive workshops, henry exercise and nutrition programmes and more.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust run local groups for families and activities to support wellbeing such as: forest school for 2-5 year olds, buggy walk, dads and tots, and many more.
Home Start is a national charity which provides home visiting volunteer support for families struggling with postnatal depression, isolation, bereavement and more. They match a trained volunteer to a family, then visit regularly to offer emotional and practical support.
Referrals can be made self-referral or by healthcare professionals. To contact Hampshire Home Start visit their website.
Twins Trust is a support group for families with twins, triplets or more.
PANDAS Foundation is a support service for families suffering from prenatal/antenatal and postnatal illness. Free Helpline: 0808 1961 776 available 9am-8pm everyday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or join their online community on their website.
The Recovery College takes an educational approach to equip you with the knowledge and skills to get on with your life, despite mental illness. The courses are co-designed by both mental health care professionals and service users and recovery college encourage both health professionals, carers and patients to attend.
As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need. The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.
Providing support through storytelling. The Touch Network share real life stories of everyday people. Everyday people who keep going through hard times and come out the other side. Through providing a platform to share and hear stories, we cheer each other on and learn from one another. In doing so, we feel more inspired, hopeful and resilient. We feel more able to get through our own hard times.
Also by the Touch Network is their online version through My Amazing Story.
Maternal OCD is a charity that provides support to mums suffering with perinatal OCD.
Action on Postpartum psychosis are the national charity for women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis. They offer peer support, patient information, training to healthcare professionals and working on raising greater awareness of postpartum psychosis.
Hampshire Lanterns are support group for Hampshire mums who have experienced mental health problems during pregnancy or after childbirth. They aim to support each other via the internet and group meetings so no mum ever has to feel alone.
Early Help is run by the Family Support Services from Hampshire County Council.
National Childbirth Trust is a national charity providing support for parents through pregnancy, brith and beyond. They provide information on pregnancy, labour, life as a parent and have a number of workshops and courses with local activities and meet ups.
ChatHealth 0-5 is a text messaging service set up to support parents, carers and families of under 5’s in Hampshire. The service is run by local health visitors who have a wealth of experience of working with mums and dads-to-be, babies, toddlers and young children.
Text the dedicated number: 07520 615720 Available Monday – Fridays 9:00am-4:30pm
MUSH app is used by mum to find other local mums with children of the same age, arrange meet ups, get advice from parenting experts and fellow mum on topics.
Mums in mind offer a nurturing and empathetic support group for mothers with postnatal illness and struggles. They currently have 2 groups in Southampton, with additional groups in Eastleigh and Totton areas. Join them through their Facebook group page.
Section of the Hampshire City Council website which outlines activities available locally, support available for childcare, parenting support and much more.