Search

Support for new parents highlighted during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

PUBLISHED: 18:48 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:48 13 June 2017

File photo of a mother holding a newborn baby. Photo: PA

File photo of a mother holding a newborn baby. Photo: PA

Archant

New parents from across the region are being urged to look after their own mental health for the welfare of their baby.

Richard Pratt, clinical psychologist with the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT). Photo: NSFT Richard Pratt, clinical psychologist with the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT). Photo: NSFT

Clinicians from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are reminding parents of the importance of safeguarding their own wellbeing and the impact it can have on their children, particularly during the early stages of their child’s life.

It coincides with Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from June 12 to 16.

Parents who are experiencing increased anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts following the birth of their child should seek help from their midwife, health visitor or GP at the earliest stage.

And a range of services are available to those who are seeking support including:

Richard Pratt, clinical psychologist with the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT). Photo: NSFT Richard Pratt, clinical psychologist with the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT). Photo: NSFT

• Support for issues such as depression and anxiety from Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney and Wellbeing Suffolk.

• NSFT’s parent infant mental health attachment team offers specialist therapy and support to new parents with children up to the age of two who are at risk of being taken into care.

• The point 1 0-4 Team, a part of the wider Point 1 Service in partnership with Ormiston Families, NSFT and Youth Charity MAP, provides guidance and therapeutic services to families with children from pre-birth through to pre-school.

• Norfolk and Waveney’s Community Prenatal Mental Health Service provides support for pregnant women and mothers with serious mental health conditions. Later this summer, NSFT will launch a similar service in Suffolk.

New parents can also visit www.whatsthedealwith.co.uk to watch six short films which bring together a wealth of advice and steps parents can take to safeguard their own and their child’s emotional wellbeing.

Dr Richard Pratt, NSFT clinical psychologist, said: “The films are designed to provide parents with some useful information whilst also showing them that they are not alone and that there is help out there. That way we can ensure they get the support they need during those crucial first stages of their baby’s development, in turn laying the foundations for a healthy and happy adult life.”

• For more information on wellbeing services visit www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or for the Point 1 service, visit www.point-1.org.uk. To self-refer, call 0800 9774077.

Other news

Staff at housing association Flagship are once again helping those in need in mid Norfolk and across the county by filling and decorating charity boxes with food.

Motorists are being warned to be careful as they wake up to icy conditions on Tuesday morning.

12:41

A slimmer lost 7st after being shamed into action following a frightening wake-up call on a Welsh mountain.

11:37

A housing developer from Norfolk is offering a reward for information on two men who broke into one of the company’s sites in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Most Read

Yesterday, 09:40

A grandmother has spoken of the shocking injuries she sustained after being involved in a collision with a bus.

Read more
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Norfolk’s diverse coastline is one of Britain’s natural highlights.

Read more
United Kingdom
11:37

A housing developer from Norfolk is offering a reward for information on two men who broke into one of the company’s sites in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Read more
Norwich
12:41

A slimmer lost 7st after being shamed into action following a frightening wake-up call on a Welsh mountain.

Read more
Wales
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Shoppers in Dereham’s Morrisons supermarket got more than they bargained for when a lost pet budgie paid a visit to the Station Road store on Friday.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter