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Latest e-bulletin published

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out and includes:

  • an update on new specialist perinatal mental health services launching in England
  • a video clip from a recent event in Northern Ireland highlighting the gaps in services
  • an exciting new perinatal mental health project in Wales
  • Scottish news on how encouraging steps are being taken to improve perinatal mental health services

See link below:

Everyone’s Business Spring & Summer 2017 e-bulletin pdf

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on Twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using the #everyonesbusiness. If you would like to receive the e-bulletins directly please sign up to our mailing list on the home page. (left hand side)

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Exciting Staff Updates

The Everyone’s Business Campaign and Action on Postpartum Psychosis (official host of the campaign on behalf of the MMHA) are delighted to announce the arrival of our new Campaign Manager, Karen Middleton, who joins the team this week.

Karen Middleton,  Everyone’s Business  Campaign Manager

Karen brings with her 12 years of campaigning experience, both for national and international organisations. Karen’s most recent role has been at Amnesty UK, working as Campaign Manager for the Individuals at Risk programme, leading the organisation’s work focusing on individuals around the world who have experienced human rights abuses.

Anna France-Williams, Everyone’s Business  Communications Officer

We also look forward to welcoming Anna France-Williams to the Everyone’s Business team in early April. Anna will be joining as Everyone’s Business Communications Officer, and will be a familiar face to many having worked as the MMHA’s Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) Communications Officer for the past year, as well as for the MMHA more widely. Anna will combine her Everyone’s Business communications role with an additional day a week working more generally on MMHA communications.
Anna has a background in media and public relations and has worked in a variety of settings, including in-house at the Daily Telegraph, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and at UNICEF UK. She has published two books aimed at mums of young children and is currently developing her own project, a growing community of parents committed to creating a supportive network around their child.
We are sure you will join us in giving them a warm welcome!

 

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NI Report focuses on PMH

The MMHA Everyone’s Business Campaign looks forward to the implementation of RQIA’s recommendations.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has released a report with 11 recommendations to improve the provision of specialist community perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland. The Everyones Business campaign is delighted to see the recommendations work towards the campaign’s Call to Act and is keen to see how and when they will be implemented.
Theresa Nixon, RQIA’s Mental Health Director says

RQIA recommends that specialist perinatal mental health services – with psychological input – should be developed in each trust, and a single regional Mother and Baby Unit should be established’

Below are the recommendations – with varying priorities:

Recommendation 1 Priority 2
The HSC Board must ensure that each HSC trust provides a perinatal clinical psychology service for their maternity hospitals and neonatal intensive care units.

Recommendation 2 Priority 1
In the absence of a mother and baby unit, HSC trusts should provide appropriate equipment and facilities within all relevant general adult psychiatric inpatient units to meet the needs of a mother and her baby and older children during visits.

Recommendation 3 Priority 3
The HSC Board should work with HSC trusts to develop a coding system to capture and report on statistical information to inform the future requirements for perinatal mental health services.

Recommendation 4 Priority 1
The Department of Health should request the Public Health Agency to establish a regional group to examine and develop perinatal mental health services with agreed terms of reference and timelines. The delivery and implementation of a work plan by this group should be monitored by the Maternity Strategy Implementation Group, and the Department of Health.

Recommendation 5 Priority 2
The HSC Board should ensure that community based peer support services are developed within an overall plan for specialist perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland in collaboration with relevant voluntary organisations and Sure Start.

Recommendation 6 Priority 1
Each HSC trust should review the communication protocols in place between primary and secondary care to ensure effective communication and information sharing.

Recommendation 7 Priority 1
The Public Health Agency should work collaboratively with the HSC Board to ensure that all General Practitioners are made fully aware of the revised Integrated Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathway and of the voluntary and community organisations who can offer support to woman experiencing perinatal mental health in their locality.

Recommendation 8 Priority 1
In the absence currently of a specialist perinatal mental health service, each HSC trust must ensure appropriate staff receive additional training in understanding the distinctive features and risks of perinatal mental illness.

Recommendation 9 Priority 1
The Department of Health should work collaboratively with all key stakeholders including the Public Health Agency, HSC Trusts, General Practitioners and service users to develop and progress a model for the development of specialist perinatal mental health teams in each HSC trust.

Recommendation 10 Priority 3
The Department of Health should work collaboratively with all key stakeholders to develop and progress a model for a single regional Mother and Baby Unit in Northern Ireland.

Recommendation 11 Priority 1
Key decision makers should visit both specialist teams and a Mother and Baby Unit within the United Kingdom before making any decision on the future provision of perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland.

Tom McEneaney from mental health charity Aware welcomed the RQIA report and recommendations:

I think it is particularly important because the RQIA spent a lot of time listening to service users and really seems to have taken their comments on board. The important thing now is that we work to make sure these recommendations are implemented.”

Click here to read the full RQIA report

Click here to read the RQIA press release calling for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services Across Northern Ireland.

 

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Latest e-bulletin out now!

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out highlighting the devolved nations, NHSE funded areas, Dr Jo Black guidance and more! See link below:

Everyone’s Business Winter 2017 e-bulletin pdf

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using the #everyonesbusiness.
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First 20 areas (England) to receive new specialist perinatal mental health community funds!

First 20 areas (England) to receive new specialist perinatal mental health community funds!

Following the launch by NHS England of the specialist perinatal mental health community service development fund in August (designed to support service development and increase the availability of high-quality care and interventions for women, their babies and families), the initial 20 areas receiving funding have been announced.

The MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign is delighted to see these 20 areas (covering 90 Clinical Commissioning Groups, CCGs) set to benefit from this first round of money released as part of the funding already pledged for specialist perinatal mental health services by the government in England.

We also call upon:
• All other areas in England to prepare 2017 / 18 applications (and to get in touch if we can be of any assistance). For the upcoming second wave of funding, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS trusts, Foundation Trusts and Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprint areas can all apply
• Northern Ireland and Scotland governments to ensure plans are put in place (as in England and Wales) to ensure women and families across all parts of the UK can access specialist perinatal mental health services and that we collectively ‘Turn the Map Green’

If you would like support with your upcoming applications, please:
• Check out the MMHA (Mums and Babies in Mind) Toolkit for ideas and tips in developing specialist perinatal mental health services
• Contact the campaign for any further tips / advice – now is the time to be preparing the 2017 / 18 applications!

Email: info@everyonesbusiness.org.uk

 

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Latest e-bulletin out now!

The Everyone’s Business campaign e-bulletin is now out highlighting perinatal mental health commitments from national stakeholders at a ministerial roundtable, features on the devolved nations and more! See link below:

Everyone’s Business Autumn 2016 e-bulletin pdf

Please circulate far and wide and if you are on twitter please tweet the e-bulletin link using the #everyonesbusiness.

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NHS England Funding

NHS England Launches Perinatal Mental Health Community Service Development Fund.

NHS England has launched a Perinatal Mental Health Community Service Development Fund, to support service development and increase the availability of high-quality care and interventions for women, their babies and families. The fund will focus on expanding existing community teams into a wider geography or resourcing small teams with limited provision to meet the needs of local populations more comprehensively.

NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints are invited to submit funding proposals and plans for up to three years. This year £5 million is available, increasing to £15m in the subsequent two years. A second wave of proposals will also be funded from 2018/19.

Applicants are encouraged to work in conjunction with their local Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network and the closing date for proposals is Friday 16th September 2016, 5pm.

Detailed guidance and an application form is available at here.

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Evaluation and Funding

MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign – Independent Evaluation Report launches today and funding announcement!

Independent Evaluation Report

Has the MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign* made a difference and how? Where should the campaign put its energy going forward? How do we collectively maintain the pressure to ensure all women and families urgently receive the right perinatal mental health care at the right time?

An Independent Evaluation Report of the MMHA Everyone’s Business campaign, launching today, addresses these, and other, questions – showing the substantial impact the campaign has had; the reasons for the impact, and where the campaign will need to focus in the future.

The report is expected to be useful to all organisations and individuals involved in maternal mental health: having a collective understanding of what has helped to drive the change to date, as well as potential next steps, will be crucial as we continue to push for the ongoing changes urgently called for.

Please help us to disseminate the report’s key findings as widely as possible:

2 page briefing paper, with a summary of the report’s main findings

Copy of the full independent report by Gillian Granville Associates and WSA Community Consultants

Funding Announcement

The Everyone’s Business Campaign team are delighted and would like to say a huge thank you to Comic Relief for the following funding announcement:

Top line MMHA Everyone’s Business funding news

A grant of £750,000 has been secured from Comic Relief. This is intended to:
• sustain and build on the momentum of the first Phase of the Everyone’s Business Campaign
• increase the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s internal resource and capacity

The grant will continue to be hosted by Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) on behalf of the MMHA

*The Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign calls for all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it. The three year campaign (2013 –2016) has been funded by Comic Relief and is hosted by Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP).

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#MumTalk

Fern Britton joins mums and dads to speak out about Maternal Mental Health for Sport Relief. 

 

  • More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby
  • Join the conversation from 11am on Twitter @SportRelief using #MumTalk 
  • Sport Relief cash to help people affected by maternal mental health problems

 

As part of a series of new short films produced by Sport Relief, TV presenter Fern Britton will share her experience of maternal mental health alongside other mums and dads from across the UK, who have also been affected, on Wednesday 24th February.

The films will be shared on Sport Relief’s Twitter feed to shine a light on maternal mental illness in the UK and help to reduce stigma around the issue. The public will also be encouraged to share their stories and talk about their own experiences. Members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, which benefits from Sport Relief cash, will be responding during the day to any people looking for advice or support.

By going to @SportRelief on the day, the nation will gain a unique insight into an issue that affects as many as 1 in 10 women yet is still a big taboo and not talked about openly. Many women feel completely alone and too embarrassed to share their true feelings, with 7 in 10 women affected hiding or downplaying their symptoms.

Without understanding, support, and treatment these mental illnesses have a devastating impact on the women affected and on their partners and families. However, with the right help at the right time women affected by maternal mental health problems do get better.

By giving women and men a platform to speak out about maternal mental illness, Sport Relief hopes to highlight what help is out there, and encourage more people affected to seek the support they need to recover.

Cash raised through Sport Relief has been helping to fund maternal mental health projects in the UK since 2010. These projects include the Bluebell Care Trust in Bristol, and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s ‘Everyone’s Business’ campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of maternal mental health issues at a national level and is helping women and families across the UK to access specialist support.

The contributors featuring in the films have been helped through Bluebell Care Trust and member organisations of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.

Fern Britton said: “Everyone tells you that having a baby is going to be perfect, so you try to be the perfect mum. However, you’re not blooming at all, you’re blooming awful. I was lonely, isolated and frightened. I felt lost, like a failure and I couldn’t identify with who I was anymore. When the doctor told me what I was feeling was Postnatal Depression it was so liberating, I felt such a sense of relief that I wasn’t going mad. Once my family knew, I started to get better. Once I could talk to my family and they understood, it was a wonderful feeling.”

The minute I said the words to someone, help it was there for me. If I had known how easy it was to get help I would have told someone sooner. Having been through this and getting better myself I would urge any mum who might be feeling in a dark place to tell someone – don’t wait! If you tell someone, you will get help, and you will get better.”

The day is being supported by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Bluebell Care Trust, the Royal College of General Practitioners, MIND, Channel Mum who are following the stories @SportRelief and sharing their own views and insight using #MumTalk.

Dr Alain Gregoire, Perinatal Psychiatrist and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance said: “Being a parent is the most difficult thing any of us ever does and when we go through difficult times we need other people, but if we are not mentally well, we feel alone. Knowing you are not alone, that other people care and want to help, and knowing that if you speak out about how you are feeling you will get help, are crucial steps to recovery. Through this day of activity, Sport Relief is giving every one of us the opportunity to help mums and dads who are suffering from mental health problems at this critical time in their lives”

Sport Relief is back from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March and there are more ways than ever for you to take part, change lives and feel proud. The money raised will transform people’s lives in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities, including people affected by maternal mental health problems.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION / PICTURES OR VIDEO PLEASE CONTACT

Sport Relief Media Team:

020 7820 2500

media@comicrelief.com

Out of hours 07984 510 473

www.comicrelief.com/media-centre

Notes to editors

About Sport Relief

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.  It all leads up to the Sport Relief weekend and a fantastic night of TV on the BBC.

Sport Relief 2016 will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016. You can run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country. There’s a distance for everyone, whether you’re sporty or not. Find out more at www.sportrelief.com

 

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Great start to 2016

Perinatal Mental Health Services – encouraging support.

The start of 2016 has seen a huge surge of interest in Perinatal Mental Health in many different arenas. There has been a storm of media coverage, renewed significant parliamentary commitment and promised funds from Government, all focused on specialist perinatal mental health care.

When questioned about how the pledged extra investment would be spent, Alistair Burt MP, the Minister of State for the Department of Health said:

“The additional significant investment in perinatal mental health totalling £350 million from 2016/17- 2020/21, together with the recommendations of the forthcoming report of the independent Mental Health Taskforce, will enable NHS England to design a broader five year transformation programme to build capacity and capability in specialist perinatal mental health services, with the aim of enabling women in all areas of England to access care that is in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines by 2020/21.

 “Work is underway to lay the foundations for this longer-term work through targeted funding of activities to build capacity in specialist services. This will include, for example, a £1 million investment in strengthening clinical networks across the country. It is also expected to include developing clinical leadership capacity and training for the perinatal workforce to build the skills and capabilities within specialist teams.

“NHS England will work with partners, including Health Education England, over the coming months, to develop the five-year programme for improving specialist perinatal mental health services.”

Source: Hansard 29th January

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Burt also referred to the prominent story featured currently in the major BBC1 soap EastEnders, saying:

I agree that the Alliance is right to draw attention to this and I want our response to be better than it has been in the past. It’s great that EastEnders is raising awareness of this very important issue and it makes for some harrowing scenes to watch. Having a baby is a major life event and we want all new and expectant mums to get the mental health support they need. That’s why we are spending an extra £350million on perinatal mental health services over the next five years.

“We have specialist Mother and Baby units across the country that allow women to stay with their babies while they get the psychiatric care they need, and we have trained midwives and health visitors to be able to spot the signs of perinatal mental illness. The investment we’ve made will help us make sure all women get the right support, at the right time, regardless of where they live.”

The Eastenders storyline focuses primarily on a family’s fight to get a mother a place in a Mother and Baby Unit after she is admitted without her newborn baby to an adult psychiatric ward when suffering Postpartum Psychosis. We thank the Eastenders team and the Alliance members who have worked closely together to ensure the filming was true and accurate. The soap has been instrumental in both raising understanding and awareness of this condition.

Mental Health Taskforce announcement

In addition to the announcements regarding the extra parliamentary spend in Perinatal Mental Health care, it was made public on Monday 15th Feb that an extra £1 billion per year would be released into mental health services by the year 2020. Maternal mental health is also detailed in this announcement:

One in five mothers suffer from mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. It costs around £8.1 billion for each annual birth cohort or almost £10,000 per birth. Yet fewer than 15% of areas have the necessary perinatal mental health services and more than 40% provide none at all.  New funding should be invested to support at least 30,000 more women each year to access evidence-based specialist mental health care in the perinatal period.”

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP said:

We have made monumental strides in the way we think about and treat mental illness in this country in the last few decades — from a society that locks people away in asylums to one giving mental health equal priority in law.

“But we must accelerate progress even further. Our shared vision of a seven-day mental health service means people will get the care they need, when they need it, and will help us do much more to prevent mental illness in the first place. We will work across Government and with the NHS to make the recommendations in this landmark report a reality, so that we truly deliver equality between mental and physical health.”

For further detail about the announcement please click here.

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence – Quality standards Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health

Thursday 18th February also saw the launch of the new NICE Quality Standards for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health, click here for further details.