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Specialist Support Services

Perinatal Mental Health

During the period from pregnancy until the first year after giving birth, known as the perinatal period, 1 in 4 mothers or birthing individuals experience mental health illness. It is crucial to seek help as symptoms can worsen over time. Being a parent can be stressful and exhausting, and having a baby can trigger mental health illness. Fortunately, with support, it is possible to make a complete recovery.

How to get support

Health visitors

Health visitors have been trained to recognise perinatal mental health problems and have techniques that can help.

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Hampshire perinatal and infant mental health service

The Perinatal Mental Health service supports mothers experiencing a severe mental illness through a programme of treatment and support in the community and in their specialist inpatient unit.

Community-based care includes:

  • advice and support over the telephone
  • outpatient consultations in clinics, GP surgeries or at home
  • support and guidance for an individual’s family
  • medication
  • a range of therapy sessions

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Melbury Lodge:

Their inpatient service is available to women who have severe mental illness from 24 weeks of pregnancy until a child is one-year-old. The unit, based at Melbury Lodge in Winchester, has been designed especially for mothers and babies, to make it a safe, welcoming, and relaxing environment.

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Father and Co-Parent Mental Health

Experiencing mental health problems when your partner is pregnant or has given birth in the past year is common, as becoming a parent can bring about changes. Mental health illness affects 1 in 10 men during the perinatal period, this rises to ¼ to ½ if your partner is suffering mental health illness.. Fathers and co-parents often experience perinatal anxiety and depression, and existing mental health conditions may worsen during this period. Becoming a parent can lead to significant hormonal, environmental, psychological, and situational changes that can greatly impact your overall experience. Therefore, taking steps to prioritise your mental health is essential during this vulnerable time.

Perinatal mental health symptoms can include:   

Physical symptoms:  

  • Being easily frustrated / angry
  • Poor concentration / motivation
  • Loss of libido
  • Tearful
  • Poor / disturbed sleep and lack of energy (Over and above what normally happens with a new baby)
  • Headaches, High blood pressure, unexplained aches, and pains
  • Changes in appetite or weight

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Feeling helpless and fearful
  • Thoughts of death or dying (Including suicidal thoughts)
  • Feeling worried
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and self blame
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Persistent sadness
  • Constant Low mood
  • Heightened anxiety

Behavioural Symptoms:

  • Relationship difficulties (including personal, work and friends)
  • Neglecting your own interests.
  • Withdrawing from family life, work, and being social
  • Avoidance. Overworking. Misusing drugs and alcohol
  • Increased consumption of alcohol/cigarettes problems bonding with your baby, no sense of enjoyment in being with them

Sometimes it can be challenging to recognise when your emotional wellbeing is declining, and the signs may not be apparent to you. Your loved ones may be the first to notice these symptoms. If you or those around you are noticing these symptoms, it is crucial to prioritise taking care of yourself. No matter how mental health is labelled, you deserve support. Seeking the help, you need will benefit both you and your family.

Services that can support you:
Your GP
Online Support Groups Your Health Visitor iTalk DadPad National Childbirth Trust The Fatherhood Institute PND Awareness and Support Home Start Gingerbread (support for single parents) LGBTQ+ Parental Support Dad Matters UK

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Community Adult Mental Health Team

The Community Adult Mental Health Team provides a range of community-based mental health treatments and therapies for people who need support for their mental health issues. These include:

  • prescribing and managing medication
  • psychological (talking) therapies
  • occupational therapy
  • specialist support for psychosis
  • assertive outreach for people who struggle to keep in contact with their mental health services

They also provide advice to families and carers to help them support loved ones. Follow the link for more details


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Talking Therapies Hampshire

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Learn simple and effective ways to look after your everyday wellbeing and stay well.

Italk offers evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and phobias, but you don't need a diagnosis to self-refer. Self-referral is via the website. Open Monday - Thursday 8am - 6pm and Friday 8am - 4.30pm 023 8038 3920 Hart and Rushmoor

HS offers free apps, self-help CBT techniques, and support for people with mental health issues. Learn how to get active, cope with life's challenges and cope with life's challenges.

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Solent Mind

Solent Mind, a registered charity providing a wide range of high-quality services to support people with mental health problems across the Southern Region.

They are open Monday-Friday 9 am - 4 pm 023 8202 7810 info@

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Adult Social Care

The Adult Services team at Hampshire County Council provides advice, care and support for adults.

See the website for details of all services, and information about how to access support and how to report a concern about an adult at risk of harm.

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Smokefree Hampshire

Smokefree Hampshire is your local stop smoking service commissioned by Hampshire County Council.

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Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service provides Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

The service is available via a single-point-of-access number, contactable 7 days a week. 0300 300 2016

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Strengthening Parental Relationships (parents & carers)

Having good relationships with the people in a child or young person’s life is important to help them do well in life. We want to help children and young people to understand what a good relationship is.

All relationships have their tricky moments. But when there is too much arguing or people are giving each other the silent treatment a lot, it can be harmful to children. This might mean children’s wellbeing and behaviour is affected, their health can suffer or that they don’t do as well at school.

To help children with their relationships, we need to show them how to deal with disagreements effectively. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by being healthy relationship role models. This includes communicating well and managing our emotions so that a disagreement doesn’t turn into a blazing row.

Parent / Carer Toolkit

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The Solihull Approach

Welcome to Hampshire County Council’s partnership with the Solihull Approach. These free online courses offer advice and practical tips to boost your confidence as a parent, help you navigate family life and strengthen your relationships.

Whether you are a mum, dad, foster parent or grandparent, there is a course for you.

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Hampshire and IOW Support for Neurodiverse Families

Provides evidenced based skills building programmes for parents and carers who have children aged 3-17 who:

  • Have a diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Have Autism or ADHD traits
  • Are experiencing mild-moderate conduct disorder
  • Have behaviour that challenges
  • Are teenagers displaying anti-social behaviour including child to parent violence

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CAP debt advice

No matter how large or small your problem is, we can help.

Our free, expert debt help will advise on the best route out of debt, and offer different types of support to help you become debt free.

CAP Debt Help

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Back to Basics

Empowering parents and carers to support their child’s emotional well-being within the home.

Looking after your family's well-being is very important. Families all need some help from time to time due to life changes or events.

As a parent or carer, you can take small steps to help your child's well-being as well as your own. You can do this by starting with the basics.

Using the back-to-basics approach can empower you to take control of the  5 Ways to Wellbeing .

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Parenting in Crisis

Support for UK families who may be affected by war and terrorism in other countries.

Parenting for Lifelong Health is a social enterprise charity committed to providing free, evidence-based parenting support to every parent, everywhere.

Support for victims of terrorism - If you have been affected by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, or any other terrorist incident, this page contains information on where to seek advice and assistance following a terrorist incident. It also provides details of official helplines and support services available to victims, survivors, witnesses, family members, and all those affected.

Refugee Council - Support and information for people affected by the crisis in Palestine.

British Red Cross - Emotional support for anyone affected by the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Child Bereavement Network - This page signposts to sources of support for children and families affected by crisis and conflict in different circumstances.

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Maternal Mental Health Alliance

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a UK-wide charity and network of over 125 organisations, dedicated to ensuring all women and families impacted by perinatal mental health problems have access to high-quality, compassionate care and support. We bring the maternal mental health community together and make change happen by combining the power of real-life experience with clinical and professional expertise.

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