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Putting the spotlight on perinatal mental health

01/10/2018

Did you know around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during or in the first year after giving birth?

Having a baby is a big life changing event and women and men can experience a range of emotions and reactions. However, if they start to impact on their life it could mean they are experiencing a mental health problem. 

Help is at hand thanks to Leanne Ellis, perinatal mental health midwife, who works across Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals. 

Her role is to provide extra support for local parents. She said: “Perinatal mental illness if left untreated can have a significant impact and long lasting effects on women and their families. It can also have long-standing effects on children’s emotional, social and cognitive development.” 

Leanne, working alongside Northern Lincolnshire Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), is holding two drop-in sessions for people to pop along and have a chat. 

MVP’s Ruth Prentice said: “We would like mums and dads to come and meet Leanne, to discuss current support for parents experiencing anxiety and depression and to share their ideas for how we can improve support.” 

The events are being held on: 

  • Tuesday October 9, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Café INDIEpendent, 169-173 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6EH.
  • Wednesday October 10, 1.30pm to 3pm, Riverhead Coffee, 110 Victoria Street, Grimsby, DN31 1BA.

Leanne added: “It can be really difficult for someone to talk openly about how they are feeling when they become a new parents. There is so much pressure for people to be happy and excited but it could be that internally they are struggling with their thoughts and emotions.

“Help is at hand for new parents, so please pop along to one of the events and have a chat.”

Further information about the events is available by emailing: northernlincsMVP@gmail.com or texting 07840 200681.

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