A project has been launched that aims to help parents and healthcare professionals manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health.
PATH is an EU-funded project which will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, identify and successfully manage perinatal mental health illness.
The project, which was launched to coincide with World Maternal Mental Health Day and UK Maternal Mental Awareness Week 2019, is a cross-border initiative which involves 13 partners from France, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK.
UK partners include the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV), Southampton City Council, Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership and Plymouth and District MIND.
Executive Director of IHV, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, said: “Many mothers suffer from perinatal mental illness following birth and up to a year after, of which a majority may not be receiving all the support they need.
“The PATH project will deliver a multi-media campaign to raise awareness of and de-stigmatise PMI [perinatal mental illness] and promote prepared parenting, reaching a total of 600,000 people across the 2Seas area.”
The PATH project was awards more than €5 million of European funding for the €8.5 million partnership.
PATH aims to prepare parents pre-birth for their new role and help to avoid, or lessen, the impact of perinatal mental illness.
Resources will also be available for healthcare professionals to enable them to address perinatal mental illness confidently.
More information about the PATH project can be found here.
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