Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) provides support and advice for people affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP). APP provides a Peer Support Network and a Talk Forum to ensure that people feel supported. It also conducts research about PP and aims to increase awarenessof all aspects of PP.
The Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI) is a national charity which provides support, education and information for people affected by postnatal illness. Support is provided by a network of phone, email and postal volunteers. There is also a forum where people are encouraged to share their experiences to help others. APNI also works to increase awareness of postnatal illness and encourage research.
A consequence of poor perinatal mental health is the impact it can have on the attachment between the parent and child. Poor attachment can contribute to developmental problems in children. To address this. DorPIP, a Dorset-based charity seeks to provide therapeutic support for parent-infant relationships.
Mark William’s, founder of Father’s Mental Health is the UK’s leading advocate for fathers’ mental health. Mark’s wife encountered mental illness not long after the birth of their son, Ethan. Mark had little support, and feared that he could not talk to anyone about Michelle’s illness (such is the stigma). Without support, Mark’s own mental health suffered too. Now, armed with that experience, Mark has runs campaigns, writes blogs, and provides support to fathers experiencing their mental health difficulties.
Mark is heading the #Howareyoudad campaign – aiming to remind all health professionals to ask dad about his mental health.
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance is a coalition of national and professional organisations which aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of mothers and their infants. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance is also involved in many perinatal mental health projects.
Maternal OCD is a voluntary organisation which aims to increase awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for mothers. This organisation also aims to reduce the onset of OCD development and provide easily accessible resources to aid recovery.
NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Support is available through antenatal and postnatal courses, local branch support, a support line and friendly local groups. NCT campaigns to improve maternity care and provides a range of useful, impartial information for parents and parents to be.
The Birth Trauma Association supports women who have experienced post natal post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. The organisation is run by mothers who have experienced birth trauma. A wealth of information is available regarding volunteer supporters who are willing to offer support. People can also be put in to contact with other mums who have had similar experiences. Similar support is also available for fathers and partners. The Birth Trauma Association also works to raise awareness of birth trauma, prevent it and to support people who have been affected by such issues.
PND and Me aims to raise awareness of perinatal mental health. The blog provides a range of information and shares mother of three Rosey Adam’s maternal mental illness experience. Rosey started her blog in January 2014, after experiencing Antenatal and Postnatal Depression with each of her children.
PND and Me has grown since then. You can link in with other mothers, fathers and health care professionals via the her Twitter account each week. The #PNDHour tweet chat takes place every Wednesday between 8-9pm.
Rosey has also been nationally recognised for her contribution to perinatal mental health. She won a 2016 Mind Media award for her Blog.