Parents in Mind Perinatal Mental Health Peer Support

Parents in Mind (PiM) is a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) project providing peer support for women who are experiencing poor mental health during pregnancy or within two years after birth. The project aims to improve wellbeing, reduce isolation, increase confidence and facilitate access to relevant information and other appropriate services.
Our peer supporters are local mums who have experienced poor mental health during pregnancy or early parenthood who are now well, and can offer their time to support others. Volunteers provide a friendly listening ear as well as signpost to services and organisations that may be helpful to the woman’s individual circumstances. 

Support is offered:

  • In a group setting - in person, twice weekly at children's centres, regular walk & talks, and virtually via Zoom;
  • On a one to one basis - via phone calls and texts, or in person in a public space within the community i.e. children’s centre, library, walk at a local park, or other public space.

Support can be ongoing until the child's 2nd birthday. It can be a step-up or step-down from other mental health services, or compliment them. 

Service access criteria: Newham residents who are pregnant or who have had a baby in the past 2 years
Mental health support
Children's centres
Family support groups and organisations
Connecting with others
Information and advice
Mental health
Youth support
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Non English speaking friendly
Waiting list (weeks): 0
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