Every Mum Matters is a new mental health awareness campaign for new and expectant mums in the Humber region – www.everymummatters.com.
Launched at the start of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (29th April–3rd May 2019), the campaign aims to support new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourage them to seek help promptly. Watch this short video to see how mental health issues could affect your family.
It is estimated that perinatal mental health issues, which are those that occur during pregnancy or during the first year following the birth of a child, affect one in five women and can have long-lasting effects on the woman and her family if left untreated. But many perinatal mental health issues are treatable and recognising the signs early and seeking support promptly improves recovery and outcomes for mums and their babies.
Women’s mental health symptoms can fluctuate during this period, from mild to moderate, to moderate to severe, and some of the conditions might include:
Antenatal or postnatal depression
Post-traumatic stress disorder
The www.everymummatters.comwebsite contains information to help new and expectant mums and their families who may be experiencing perinatal mental health issues, including details of the specialist perinatal mental health services available in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, said: “These specialist community perinatal mental health services will help to ensure that women in our communities receive the support they need at this important time in their lives. Perinatal mental health issues are common and most are treatable, but women often feel reluctant to ask for help for a number of reasons.”
Katy Morley, Team Leader and Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Liaison Nurse at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have introduced the Every Mum Matters campaign to help combat the stigma that surrounds perinatal mental health conditions – and encourage women to ask for help if they feel they need some support. If you are concerned that you are experiencing perinatal mental health problems please speak to a friend, relative or health professional so you can get help and support. The Every Mum Matters website has plenty of information to help support you, while health professionals involved in your care, such as your GP, midwife or health visitor, will be able to offer support and refer you to an appropriate service.”
Hayley Williamson-Escreet, a 32-year-old mother of four from Leven in East Yorkshire, was referred to the perinatal mental health team in Hull after her daughter Grace was born in 2018, although she first experienced perinatal mental health problems when she was 21 and had just had her first child. You can watch her tell her story on this short video here.