Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has joined others to raise awareness of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. It is a campaign dedicated to breaking the stigma around mental health problems during and after pregnancy, and helping families access the information, care and support they need to recover.
This year’s theme is ‘Journeys to Recovery’, with people being encouraged to share their own individual routes to recovery and highlight different ways of seeking support. As ever, there is a packed rota of online activities, with resources being shared throughout the week:
Chris Elmore MP, is highlighting the perinatal mental health support available in the local area, and encouraging constituents to seek advice if they are struggling to cope. From services listed on Mind Cymru (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/postnatal-depression-and-perinatal-mental-health/about-maternal-mental-health-problems/), to the Perinatal Mental Health Service at Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board (https://cwmtafmorgannwg.wales/services/adult-mental-health-test/inpatient-2/prams/), there are dedicated services in the Ogmore area that provide information and support to those in need.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“This past year has increased anxieties for many people, so it is vital that if expecting or new parents are struggling to cope, they know where to go to for help.
“The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP) carry out excellent work giving advice to families and producing resources and information to ensure parents feel well informed and supported. Mental Health Awareness Week is a really important campaign to encourage people to talk about their experiences and break down the stigma.
“With the fantastic services available across Ogmore, I would encourage constituents to speak to their GP and seek support if it is needed, please do not suffer in silence.”