It’s Time To Talk Day on 7th February 2019 and on this day in particular, it’s important to talk about mental health and also take the time to listen too.
Listen to these facts:
Suicide is the leading cause of death for women during pregnancy and one year after birth.
More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.
7 in 10 women will hide or underplay the severity of their perinatal mental illness.
The need to support both mothers and fathers during the life-changing journey of becoming a parent is vital. Best Beginnings charity is an organisation harnessing the parental voice as a catalyst for change, filming parents and soon-to-be parents speaking openly and honestly about their journey to parenthood. All videos are available in the pregnancy and parenting app, Baby Buddy™. Parents who watch these videos tell us they feel less isolated and are more ready to reach out for help. The sooner they get help, the faster the recovery.
See here a snapshot of videos of mums talking about their experience, available in Baby Buddy™:
It is important for parents to know what signs to look for – and that is where #TimeToTalk comes in. It can be hard to admit to others that you feel bad when everyone expects you to be happy. But only by talking openly, can we learn to identify the possible signs of mental ill-health in ourselves. Thankfully, parents who have opened up and talked about their own mental health problems during this sensitive time, have allowed other parents to listen and recognise possible signs that help is needed.
However, parents may not know where to find help – Baby Buddy app provides a map of available support services for parents and parents-to-be wherever you are in the country. Also, in times of crisis and the need to talk to somebody arrives, Baby Buddy offers Crisis Messenger – a 24/7 confidential text support service with trained crisis counsellors under clinical supervision for parents and parents-to-be experiencing painful emotions. With Baby Buddy, parents have access to quality assured information and support verified by the Royal College of Midwives as well as other Royal Colleges and national health organisations where the aim is to support parents and help them to maximise their children’s potential.
Baby Buddy is also used by front-line staff as part of business-as-usual during appointments to address sensitive subjects which helps families to feel more supported. For the past year, Best Beginnings has been working primarily with Public Health Norfolk, Just One Norfolk, NNUH, HomeStart and Action for Children children centres, funded by Comic Relief, to use Baby Buddy app as a tool to improve mental wellbeing for Norwich families. Also in partnership with Norfolk Children and Young People Service, Baby Buddy is the promoted pregnancy and parenting app to parents and parents-to-be in Norfolk.
This #TimeToTalk day and a year on after Baby Buddy was officially launched into care pathways in Norwich, let’s continue on the path of improvement for Norwich parents and remember it’s #TimeToTalk about perinatal mental health everyday.