About the course
Please note this course will now be taking place digitally.
Over recent years there has been a huge increase in understanding of perinatal mental health and investment in the care of women who experience mental illness during this time of their lives. What is increasingly being recognised is the importance of promotion of mental wellbeing and prevention of mental illness as being a key part of this. This one-day course is aimed at healthcare professionals (midwives, maternity support workers, obstetricians, GPs, health visitors) working in maternity services who may encounter people in the early stages of mental distress.
We will break the concept of wellbeing into key components, allowing participants to enhance their skills and confidence in promoting good mental health and preventions strategies, identifying when patients are at risk of deterioration, harnessing strengths and resilience factors, and accessing appropriate support.
This course is applicable to:
Midwives, maternity support workers, obstetricians & gynaecologists, neonatal staff, health visitors, mental health professionals, and primary care staff who work with babies and families.
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After completing this course those attending will be able to:
- Describe the concept of mental wellbeing and its relevance to promoting improved mental and physical health in women in the perinatal period.
- Recognise the risk factors for mental illness in the perinatal period.
- Identify factors that affect maternal wellbeing and help-seeking behaviour.
- Make better use of the resources and pathways available to access support for those experiencing mental distress in the perinatal period.
- Support mothers with techniques/tools that can improve their mental wellbeing.
- Understand the mental health needs of partners/relatives of the women we care for and support and signpost appropriately.
Doctors, GP, GPVTS, RGN
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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.