We have won a £337,752 grant from the National Lottery to continue and improve our Families in Mind work with parents of young children over the next three years.
The much-needed funds will mean parents in Adur, Worthing, Littlehampton and Bognor who are struggling to cope, feeling isolated or experiencing postnatal depression or other mental health problems will get the support they need.
Coastal West Sussex Mind chief executive Katie Glover said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this grant as we know how much this work with parents of nought to five-year-olds is needed and valued by them. The money will enable us to change and improve our current project. We will now be linking up with a broader range of services such as nurseries, churches and parent and toddler groups.
“This is important because many mums and dads may not seek support with their mental well-being and if we’re out in the community, we’re making it as easy as possible for them to get help.”
Katie said: “Research has shown that supporting parents with their mental health will help them create stronger bonds with their child. This bonding is important for children’s development, health and well-being. That is why supporting parents to have good mental health is vital for both the parents and their children.”
Some of the features of our Families in Mind work include:
Group learning sessions for parents on mental well-being
Advice, information, goal setting and psychological and social support
Activities to tackle stigma around parental mental health
Peer support (mentoring and befriending)
Some digital support. We have a licence to provide the Enjoy Your Bump and Enjoy Your Baby courses both online and in person.
One mum who has been attending the current Families in Mind sessions said: “Tracy (parental mental health support worker) has been amazing. I could not have got through the past four months without my appointments with her. I have gone from a very depressed, upset, emotional new mum to a confident happy mum who can cope with what life will throw at me.”
Another, a 21-year-old mum or two, said: “When my daughter was one and I was pregnant with my son, I became homeless. Now I’m in temporary accommodation and so I’ve had some incredibly stressful and worrying times. The support at the groups has been brilliant. I’d definitely recommend the Enjoy Your Baby course and the play and chat sessions.”
Other mums said: “I was at rock bottom when I first came. Attending groups and Enjoy Your Baby has helped me to learn coping strategies that I can and do use each day to help me deal with my anxiety. I understand my difficulties more and no longer feel overwhelmed by them.”
Anyone with a baby or pre-school child who wants support or to find out more can call or text Tracy Ashcroft on 07918 643208.
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