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Support groups

Sometimes you simply need to surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through. We know how daunting baby groups and play dates can be, especially if you’re suffering with perinatal mental illness. 

Led by a trained group manager with lived experience, our support groups offer a calm community for parents who are struggling. They provide a safe space for you and your baby, where you can meet other parents, and chat, listen and share your experiences.

Find a friendly support group near you

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      Notice: Due to Covid-19, not all of our support groups are running. We will keep you updated and add the groups here as more are able to run again.

      FAQs

      What are PANDAS Support Groups?
      We have support groups in many areas of the UK. Each group is slightly different, but they’re all run by people with lived experience of perinatal mental health illness and who offer peer support.

      Our support group leaders understand how lonely and isolating it can be to be a parent, and that it can be difficult to attend a group when you’re feeling low and anxious. But our groups are somewhere you can get support in a welcoming and friendly environment. 

      What is peer support?
      Peer support is where people use their own experiences to help each other. Peer support can improve your emotional health and wellbeing, and let you know you’re not alone. Everyone’s experience is different and we respect everyone’s opinion at our groups.

      How can I find my nearest support group?
      Our online map of all our support groups is linked here. If you’d like to find out about starting your own PANDAS Support Group, please email lauren.tonner@pandasfoundation.org.uk

      Do I have to pay?
      This varies from group to group. Some groups are free, while others ask for a voluntary donation. But all groups are not-for-profit and all funds go back into the support group or the PANDAS Foundation. For more information, contact your local support group leader, or visit their website or public Facebook page.

      Specialist care

      For specialist care, mother and baby units are available for mother and baby admittance. This is usually referred by their specialist perinatal mental health team and/or GP. For more information please contact your mental health nurse or GP.

      What is a mother and baby unit?
      Mother and Baby Units exist to provide specialist care and treatment for mothers with their babies when they are suffering with mental illness. These units provide inpatient assessment and treatment for mothers and babies, enabling mothers to receive treatment they need without separating them from their new babies. This helps support attachment and vital bonding, as well as ensuring unwell mothers are fully supported.

      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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