News & Updates

Monday 13 - Friday 17 June is Infant Mental Health Week run by the Parent-Infant Foundation. The awareness week is a chance to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of babies and young children, and the importance of early relationships between parents and their babies.

Experienced Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust staff across Children and Family services shared top tips on how to optimise your little one's wellbeing. 

Explore our website for more information and even sign up to useful workshops specifically designed with your baby in mind. 

The conflict and ongoing violence in Ukraine has caused families to forcibly leave their homes, in search of safety, with many arriving to the UK. 

In response to this, following discussion with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, we have set up the Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a holistic support service. The Helpline is available to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.  

Get in touch if you need support with:

  • Therapy with a qualified psychotherapist – delivered via the phone or online, with access to interpreters 

  • Advice on a range of issues e.g., housing, accessing key health services, education, employment and more via our trained helpline support workers 

  • Practical support - access to digital devices to ensure families stay connected to loved ones during this worrying time, as well as stimulating toys for children, vital baby items and more 

All services include access to interpreters in Ukrainian and Russian.

Are you a new dad and need a little extra help coping? TalkPlus NHS have a launched a new course with you in mind.
The course will cover:

• The role of a father and the challenges that this brings
• Baby development and how to be involved
• Anxiety and depression after a baby with tools and techniques on how to manage
• Relationship changes
Find out more and book here:

Health Visiting Service gets gold award for Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI)

We are pleased to announce that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust – Health Visiting Service  has been accredited with the gold certification as a Gold standard Baby Friendly Service by the National BFI designation committee.

This is a massive achievement, as it reflects the continued hard work and dedication from our teams, to ensure that parents are supported to feed their babies in the best possible way. This award also demonstrates the organisation embraces a Baby Friendly culture and provides a quality service which is valued by our families.

Healthy Infant Feeding Booklet

The NHS have created a booklet in conjunction with local parents which contains information which will help support you with your decisions around feeding your baby.

You can access the booklet here:

Healthy infant feeding booklet

Maternal Mental Health 
resources available from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Recommended Maternal Mental Health Services available through Hampshire Healthy Families and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust:

Health Visiting  
Knowing Me Knowing You  
Solent Mind  
Southern Health  
Family Nurse Partnership 

Recommended Paternal Mental Health Support services for Hampshire Healthy Families and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust:

Paternal Mental Health

Resources and guidence from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Updated guidance from Unicef for Professionals - women who are breastfeeding and the Covid-19 vaccine

Help is out there for children and young people living with domestic abuse

Is someone in your family hurting someone else? If abuse is happening at home, you probably want it to stop but you might not be sure what you can do. The best thing to do is to tell someone what is going on. You might be able to talk to the person who is being hurt. If not, you could try talking to a teacher, a neighbour, a friend or a friend’s parent.

You can also call a helpline – they will be able to tell you where you can get help near where you live.

Remember, domestic abuse is not your fault. You won’t get into trouble for telling someone.

If someone in your family is hurting someone else, it’s important to get help:

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service Advice Line 03300 165 112 weekdays 9.30am-5.30pm (5pm Fridays).

Childline is available for children and young people to reach out for help and support by phone or using their online chat service. They also provide specific guidance for young people on how to get help and what to do if they are worried about a friend. Telephone: 0800 1111.

The NSPCC has issued guidance for spotting and reporting the signs of abuse on their website. The NSPCC Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about a child to contact for professional advice and support. Telephone: 0808 800 5000. Email: .

Barnardo’s provides support to families affected by domestic abuse.

Family Lives also provide support through online forums.

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