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perinatal mental health support

At Mothers for Mothers we offer services to help you on your road to recovery. It can be a great comfort to have someone available to talk to, who understands what you are going through. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear or isolation during or after pregnancy, or if you are a partner, family member or friend we look forward to talking to you.

Reach at mothers for mothers

We offer support to women, their partners, family members and friends. Our aim is to encourage women experiencing anxiety, depression, distress and/or isolation during pregnancy and/or after the birth of their baby to easily REACH out to us for immediate support. We have many different ways in which we can REACH them. Support is also available to fathers who themselves are depressed. Friends, family and health care professionals may also use our service to make referrals and obtain information.


The help line provides an opportunity to talk to someone who understands what you are going through. It can be a lifeline for women suffering from PNI. It can help to ‘normalise’ the symptoms and their reassurance that ‘you will get better’ is validated by their own recovery. Our help line is often the first step for a mother in accessing other services provided by Mothers for Mothers or in their community. We can also sign post to other services when appropriate.

0117 9359366
Monday to Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm

Reach Telephone & Online Support

The support line offers women a regular weekly support call or text. This is a confidential listening and planning service. The calls also work to increase resilience to enable you to access the most appropriate services available to meet your current needs. Mothers for Mothers can facilitate where possible to identifying other services you may find helpful and we can help to establish contact. We can even accompany your family to the first activity.

Online support is provided via social media direct messaging, email and moderated discussion on our closed Facebook group. We also have a closed group for dads

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/9694994201/
Twitter: @m4mbristol
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Our Home Visiting Service is aimed at women who are too unwell to attend a group or access counselling but feel the need for face-to-face support. Our Home Visitors can offer you listening and planning visits and work with you to decide what will be most helpful for your individual circumstances. This service can help increase emotional wellbeing and resilience and have a positive effect for the whole family. We will help you to increase your confidence and progress to accessing other services such as our support groups or other activities in your own communities.

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We have four weekly support groups (Bedminster, Barton Hill, Hartcliffe and Staple Hill). Our support groups provide a safe place for you to come and talk about how you feel with others who understand, gain support and make social connections. Our groups provide much needed support to women and can improve the lives of the children who attend. The opportunity to attend a group where you feel welcome, safe, understood and able to connect with other women having similar experiences helps promote a more rapid recovery from illness. At the weekly groups, we have support workers who can talk on a one-to-one basis with you, offering support, information and advice. There are also opportunities to access therapies or activities such as crafting. Our play worker engages children in activities such as arts and crafts and we have a wide variety of toys. Our groups offer you the opportunity to make supportive friendships and give your children the opportunity to socialise.

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Our trained therapists visit the support groups and provide a range of relaxation and healing treatments. Our play support worker can look after your child whilst you enjoy some time to yourself.

Our relaxation treatments include reflexology which uses focussed pressure techniques. It is based on the premise that different pressure points relate to different parts of the body and if massaged can help relieve tensions, stress and anxiety. Another of our relaxation treatments is pre and post-natal massage which is best known for its stress and tension relief. Having a massage can help boost your energy levels in the day and help with concentration. It can also promote a good night’s sleep.

Our healing focussed therapies include Indian Head Treatment and Reiki which can provide instant relief from tension and stress symptoms, induce a state of calm, peace and tranquillity and also promote high levels of alertness and concentration. Reiki is a form of healing touch that conducts energy from the giver to the receiver. It is a holistic therapy in that it works on the mind, body and spirit by stimulating the body’s own natural healing capacity. All of this is of course optional, and some mums really value our groups for the opportunities to share with each other.


We have for group events a year. Two trips to local family attractions and two parties. These events provide an opportunity to build your social circle outside the group you attend and give all the children a wonderful fun day. This can help self-esteem and build confidence, being away from home with the safety of our support and the support of our play workers.

The women attending the groups decide on the location, usually a local attraction such as Avon Valley Country Park, Bristol Zoo and We the Curious. Our trips take place during school holidays and of course we welcome older siblings to join in. Transport is also provided.

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We have Person Centred Counselling for mums and dads.
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Women often find it very beneficial to talk about their feelings and emotional wellbeing both during pregnancy or after their baby is born. Counselling can help you cope with difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression, fear, distress, isolation, difficult life events and low self-esteem. At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with your counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising. Counselling offers a safe place to confide and offload your problems to an unbiased and empathic listener. Your counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems.
Mothers for Mothers offers a dedicated PNI counselling service in our therapy room at the New Fulford Family Centre. We offer six to ten sessions of person-centred counselling and this can be extended by agreement with your counsellor.

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We also offer Art Psychotherapy in group sessions or one to one. You don’t need to be good at drawing or painting. These sessions enable you to make connections and express difficult thoughts and feelings through talking and art making. Our therapists offer a supportive and non-judgemental environment in a safe, confidential space.

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