Case study – perinatal mental health team
The perinatal mental health team is available so women can have access to sensitive and specific mental health care during and after their pregnancy. The team provide tailored care plans and support and guidance to families, including; medication advice, psychological therapies, individual and group work and peer-led support sessions.
The peer-led support sessions are run by a group of women who have lived experience of mental health difficulties during the perinatal period.
Women attending sessions who were approaching discharge from the service often became a little worried and anxious; sometimes questioning if they’d be able to go it alone. The peer support workers wanted these women to have something to focus on, alongside new ideas to try, so that they could take ownership of their own mental health and continued recovery once leaving the service. This was where the idea of the wellness package came from.
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