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Parents in MindPosted Tuesday 24th October 2023

What is Parents in Mind and peer to peer support?
‘Talk and support, parent to parent’
Parents in Mind offers emotional support for parents who are experiencing low mood, anxiety or poor mental health when expecting or within the first two years of birth.
Many mums, dads & partners can find it difficult to open up about how they are feeling and continue to suffer in silence. Parents in Mind aims to improve parents emotional wellbeing and to reduce isolation within the community, by providing a safe space to talk and good quality support from a trained volunteer.
Building on the peer support offered by NCT for many years, the Parents in Mind project wants to see more parents & families be able to access the support that they need at what can be a very challenging time. Well trained volunteer peer supporters offer a listening ear and non-judgemental support, helping parents to develop coping strategies and to access local services.
We are not clinicians, health advisors or therapist – we simple offer parents a safe, judgment-free & filter free space to offload the full feelings of parenthood.
Face-to-face groups and private one-to-ones can be accessed within the community and/or virtually to suit and enable all parents access to PIM support.
We don’t have large waits, we engage with parents wanting support quickly, with support able to begin the following week if they choose.

Who might want to access the service?
Parents in Mind can help parents who are feeling down or anxious during pregnancy or during the first two years after childbirth, or who are struggling emotionally as a result of pregnancy and/or early parenthood. There doesn’t need to be a formal diagnosis. It might be the first step for parents who have found it hard to talk about how they are feeling, or who want to meet other local parents who are experiencing similar challenges.

Mind- St HelensPosted Wednesday 16th May 2018

St. Helens Mind aims to promote and preserve good mental health and to assist those experiencing mental distress to regain their full potential. Our aim is to support people aged 18+ who are experiencing mental health difficulties in St. Helens Borough so they achieve their full potential and play an active part in community life. We aim to help people living in St. Helens regardless of their cultural, religious and lifestyle needs. Our services are non-judgemental and offer opportunities to develop self-esteem and confidence by encouraging and supporting involvement.

SamaritansPosted Wednesday 16th May 2018

Samaritans is a confidential and emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Common reasons to contact Samaritans include relationship and family problems, loss of employment or bereavement, financial worries, stress, work, studies or body image issues.

Think Wellbeing St HelensPosted Wednesday 16th May 2018

Think Wellbeing St Helens has dedicated teams of psychological wellbeing practitioners, cognitive behavioural therapists and counsellors who offer a range of support to help you make positive changes to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your wellbeing. These include stress control classes, wellbeing workshops, group therapies, one to one support and telephone support.

We provide free services in St Helens for anyone over the age of 16. We offer our services from health centres and local community settings.

Please note, as an NHS service, if you decide to refer yourself we will keep your GP informed of your progress unless you explicitly instruct us not to.


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