Perinatal Mental Health is a branch of mental health concerned with:
-The prevention, detection and management of mental illness co – occurring or newly emerging in pregnancy or the postnatal period.
-The assessment and facilitation of the mother-infant relationship and development needs of infants in the context of maternal mental illness.
Maternal Mental Health Scotland was established in 2009 by a group of health professionals who at the time either worked directly with pregnant women or up to 12 months after the birth of their baby or had a particular interest in perinatal mental health. This like-minded group of individuals have over the years championed their local NHS Boards throughout Scotland over the provision of services for women and their families, some more successful than others.
The aim of MMHS is the advancement of education, by the promotion of research and public and professional awareness of perinatal mental health.
We endorse access to knowledge and skills through a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector and supporting specific educational packages along with an annual conference. Hence creating a platform to bring people together and support development of person centred care for women and their families.
There is a commitment to acknowledge national standards and recommendations whilst being mindful of the regional variations throughout Scotland. By working with partners through inclusive membership of the forum we aim to influence and direct service requirements which recognises the complimentary role of statutory and voluntary sectors working together as one model does not fit all.
Membership of the forum includes women with lived experience and their families and carers.
Patron: Dr Margaret Oates, OBE, MBChb, FRCPsych, FRCOG.
Board of Trustees 2016-2017
Helen Sloan, Chair
Sharon McMenemy, Treasurer
Alan Douglas, Secretary
Dr Roch Cantwell, Clinical Lead
Dr Anna Wroblewska
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