NCT Parents in Mind
NCT Parents in Mind (Coventry & Warwickshire) offers mental health peer support to women/birthing people who are experiencing mild-moderate mental health difficulties during the perinatal period, including those who are feeling isolated or lonely. The service exists for individuals during pregnancy and up until 2 years postnatally. Support is delivered by volunteers, with lived experience of wellbeing difficulties themselves, who access accredited training in order to deliver 1:1 and group support. All of the support offered is FREE to access. The service is referral-based: referrals can come from a professional or individuals can self-refer.
The service centres on:
- Reducing stigma around mental health concerns;
- Validating parenting struggles;
- Normalising difficulties with wellbeing as a new parent;
- Holding space to process the transition to parenthood;
- Reducing isolation and offering an informative signposting service;
- Support can be delivered face-to-face or online, 1:1 or in a group.
Organisation running the service 'Parents in Mind' is a commissioned service of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) where it is available. Due to the confidential nature of the service and the fact it is referral-based, we do not widely share the specific times and venues of peer support sessions (these details are shared with individuals after referral into the service). Sessions run on a regular basis throughout the year and individuals are welcome to access both in-person and remote support concurrently if wanted.
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