We offer a number of services to parents, primarily based around peer support and activities that help to build a supportive network. We are constantly growing and adding to our services so check back often!
Peer Support Groups
We run a series of face-to-face and online peer support groups. These groups are run by trained peer support volunteers who have all had their own experiences with mental illness. We can also offer one-to-one peer support where we match you up with a trained peer supporter who can talk with you once a week via phone, chat, text or email.
While it can be daunting to join a new group, all our peer support groups are very friendly and welcoming. We keep them small (less than eight people per session) to allow everyone a chance to talk and make friends.
You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to, sometimes just being with people who have had a similar experience can help.
If you have any questions about peer support and how it works, check out our Peer Support page.
As well as our peer support groups, we offer parents the opportunity to take part in a range of other programmes that help promote wellbeing, build confidence, and make new friends.
These programmes can range for fitness programmes, to crafting, and parenting groups.
Due to COVID-19, we have had to reduce the number of face-to-face groups we are offering at this time, but we are continuing to find ways to deliver programmes for you in different ways.
It is our hope that when face-to-face groups are allowed to continue, that we will increase the number of programmes we can offer to parents.
We also hope to include drop-in sessions, creche facilities and coffee mornings so that you will always have a place to go with your child to try something new or seek support.
Depending on our level of funding we may be able to offer counselling services for parents struggling with mental health issues. This is offered through a qualified counselling partner and is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. We can offer up to 6 sessions of counselling.
If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please complete the registration form.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.
WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
WRAP Will Help You:
- Discover your own simple, safe wellness tools
- Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
- Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using wellness tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
- Create a crisis plan
- Create a post-crisis plan
WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do.
Our trained peer support workers can work with you to develop your own WRAP plan which you can then use to promote and protect your wellbeing.
We offer training to individuals who have recovered from mental illness, and to professionals who interested in finding out more about perinatal mental health.
Peer Support Worker Training
We put all our Peer Support Workers through a rigorous ten-week training programme before helping them set up support groups in their area. All our Peer Support Workers are assessed regularly and are given a License to Practise from The Parent Rooms. This allows us to ensure all our peer support groups are complying with best practice and are operating in a safe and supportive way.
We are available to provide training and information sessions to professionals who want to update their skills and knowledge around perinatal mental health. We specialise particularly in lived experience sharing which gives a unique insight into the issues facing families going through perinatal mental illness. For more information, please contact email@example.com
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