Telling someone how you feel can help you get the support you needperinatal 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.
5 DAY HELP LINE
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.
Monday to Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Reach Telephone & Online Support
TELEPHONE AND TEXT 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
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.
0117 9359366 to talk to someone with more information
SUPPORT GROUPS & ONE TO ONE SUPPORT
Our Support Groups are now taking the form of Wellbeing and Nature Walk and Talk groups. You and your little ones are very welcome to join us on Mondays (Page Park Staple Hill), Tuesdays (St George’s Park) Wednesdays (Hengove Park and Clarence Park Weston-Super-Mare) and Thursdays (Greville Smyth Park Bedminster)
These groups are a safe place for you to come and talk about how you feel with others who understand, gain support and make social connections. We have a play worker, Jo West, who engages children in play activities. Our groups can give you the opportunity to make supportive friendships and your children the opportunity to socialise.
If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com or call the helpline and ask to speak to Nixie Rigel.
Virtual antenatal support group
Every Wednesday evening Kate and Rebecca run an online group created specifically for pregnant women who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low mood and/or isolation. It is a welcoming and relaxed group where you can access antenatal, birth and postnatal information and meet other women facing similar experiences. The sessions have a strong focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing, with themes and discussion topics informed by the issues the group consider to be important and useful. We look at the helpful coping strategies available to women during pregnancy and discuss ways to positively improve our responses to the ongoing demands of the perinatal period. All of our sessions are underpinned by the principles laid down in the Guided Self-Help Workbook, ‘Wellbeing in Pregnancy’ created by Kings College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
If you are interested please email Rebecca Rice on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on the helpline 0117 9359366 to talk to someone with more information
Zoom Antenatal support group takes place on Wednesdays at 7pm.
Dads and Partners group
This takes place on the last Thursday of the month on zoom with Mark and Scott. If you would like more information about Mark and Scott please click here.
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.
0117 9359366 to talk to someone with more information
ART PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING
Art Psychotherapy is a talking therapy in which the art making is used as a key tool for expressing and making sense of feelings. It can help support clients to take ownership of their experiences and change in their view of current challenges they may face. The art psychotherapists offer clients non-judgemental and compassionate support through the process. Some clients can feel nervous about using the art materials, perhaps because they aren’t familiar with them or fear that they are not good enough, however many find that they build in confidence and enjoyment using the materials and some continue using these new skills after the therapy has ended.
How we may be coping…
Having a baby, whether it’s the first or the fifth, fundamentally changes our lives; our sense of identity, bodies, relationships and lifestyle. This process of change and finding a new normal, is full of wonderful and challenging moments. For some however, this conflict and change, alongside perhaps life stresses or distressing experiences can pose barriers to adjusting and tolerating difficult feelings such as anxiety, loss and isolation etc.
Why we may wish to think about accessing therapy…
If you feel that your mental health is impacting on your enjoyment of relationships, bonding with your baby/children, personality, and everyday activities or interests, you may wish to seek some support. Speaking with a psychotherapist or counsellor in a safe, non-judgemental environment can enable us to develop clearer understanding of and abilities to cope with difficult feelings. Many families have benefitted and made meaningful changes in their lives as a result of utilising the therapeutic services at Mothers for Mothers.
What’s on offer:
All of our therapies are:
- Person-centred – we believe that the client’s experiences & needs are individual to them. The therapy relationship is based on honesty, respect, compassion and equality.
- Low-cost – clients are asked to donate a weekly amount affordable for them.
- Short-term – we offer a minimum of six sessions with the potential to extend.
- One to one – the client and therapist can meet either face-to-face or via zoom
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a counsellor listening to and supporting a client whilst helping them find ways to deal with personal issues. Clients are encouraged to talk about their thoughts and feelings with the counsellor, who will listen and support without judgement or criticism. Talking to a counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and help you find solutions to your problems.
How to get in touch
If you are interested in accessing or referring someone to therapy at Mothers for Mothers, please email Chloë Spindlove our Lead Art Psychotherapist and Therapies Coordinator and she will get back to you ASAP to answer any questions, think about needs, and book an initial informal meeting.