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Here you can find out about other relevant groups and information you might find useful.

Self-care

Self-care is all about looking after yourself. It can be difficult to make time for yourself, especially when you’re pregnant or a new parent. But self-care is important to help you manage your mental wellbeing, and it can also aid your recovery from perinatal mental illnesses. See links below for our various self-help guides and videos. We regularly add to our resources, so please check back for future updates. You can also sign up to our newsletter to hear about all our latest news and updates.

Speaking to your GP

If you’re experiencing symptoms of any perinatal mental illness, you should make contact with your GP and/or midwife and health visitor.

Other organisations that can help

Make Birth Better
www.makebirthbetter.org

Make Birth Better is a unique collective of parents and professionals dedicated to reducing the life-changing impact of birth trauma. The Make Birth Better network aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of birth trauma through clinically-led education, campaigning and research.

Dads Matter
www.dadsmatteruk.org

Dads Matter UK is a free service that provides support for dads worried about or suffering from depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Maternal Mental Health Alliance
www.maternalmentalhealthalliance.org

The PANDAS Foundation are proud to be a member of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA). The alliance is a coalition of UK organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year. 

Interactive self-help guides

Please click on the following links for interactive self-help guides.

Royal College of General Practitioners
www.rcgp.org.uk

Perinatal mental health toolkit from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

NHS
www.nhs.uk 

Mental health apps from the NHS.

Mood Cafe
www.moodcafe.co.uk 

Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Calm
www.calm.com 

Relaxation app.

Dropping the struggle: Wellbeing skills for parents

We are really pleased to announce that PANDAS have worked in collaboration with Kathryn from @newparentssupport to form a new course programme.

What is it?

This group programme has been established with the specific needs of all parents (pre and post birth) in mind. Knowing what a unique and challenging experience it is to prepare to become and be a parent, we have developed a course to help you meet those challenges.

During this course you will have the opportunity to learn and experience new ways to respond to difficult thoughts and feelings. It will help you to understand what is most important to you and your family and help you find ways to live a better life on your own terms.

The course is led by Kathryn who is a highly experienced therapist and has worked in the private sector and the NHS. She has over 10 years experience working in clinical mental health settings in both the UK and Australia.

The group is a friendly, compassionate, reassuring space for parents to be welcomed and supported to deal with the emotional challenges of parenting.

 

What do others say? 

This course has run once before, and had great results. One past participant emailed to say

 “Doing this course allowed me the time and space to really look at how my negative thoughts and feelings affected my life and my behaviour. Kathryn was a brilliant facilitator; kind, thoughtful and most of all a good listener. She taught me ways to accept and move on from these negative thoughts and feeling’s, rather than constantly trying to battle with them. This was a supportive and non-judgemental course to take part in, and I’m so glad I did it. Thanks PANDAS xx”

 

How much is the course and do participants have to attend every session? 

The course will be £200 for the programme of 6 sessions (you would need to sign up to the whole programme. If participants miss one session they can still continue with the course. Each individual session is a stand alone programme.)

We understand that many people will not be able to afford this price, so we are able to offer one complimentary place, and one at half price. Please do get in touch if you would like us to consider you. We are also accepting donations in kind for this course, so if you would kindly like to donate the cost of this course so that it can go to someone in need we’d be so grateful

Proceeds from the running of this course will be fed back into PANDAS to help us deliver our key, free services for parents and carers in the UK

When is it?

Title: Dropping the struggle: Wellbeing skills for parents

Start date: Monday 10th January 8.30pm (runs every Monday at 8.30pm)

Title: Dropping the struggle: Wellbeing skills for Dads

Thursday 13th January 8.30pm (runs every Thursday at 8.30pm)

Title: Dropping the struggle: Wellbeing skills for parents

Tuesday 18th January 10.30am (runs every Tuesday at 10.30am)

 

If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please do email kathryndivirgilio@pandasfoundation.org.uk to book and for more info. Thanks so much

If you need urgent help….

If you need urgent help or are worried about a loved one, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or the emergency services on 999.

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