Warrington mums are being helped to tackle postnatal depression through a creative group run by Bridgewater and commissioned by NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group.
Time for Me group members Hannah Connick and Rachael Penn
with their children © The Warrington Guardian.
‘Time for Me’ provides mums who may be experiencing postnatal anxiety or depression with an opportunity to talk through any concerns they may have with a health visitor during an arts and craft session involving activities such as origami, poetry, screen printing and song writing.
The group also offers the chance for women to meet others with similar concerns.
One mum who has benefitted from Time for Me is 31-year-old Bewsey resident Hannah Connick. She joined the group in September 2016 after being referred by her health visitor. She said:
“Meeting other mums who were in the same situation definitely helped me. It made me feel less isolated and lonely. I had been to baby groups before but always felt like other mums were looking at me like I was doing something wrong with my baby or they knew that something was wrong with me whereas the Time for Me group was a judgement free group where we could openly talk about any issues we had, get help and advice from each other whilst also just doing something fun. I made some new friends and we all made sure we swapped numbers at the end of the group and added each other on Facebook. We all try and meet up as much as we can.
“Even though I am a graphic designer, I felt like I had lost my creativity after having my baby. I was worried how that was going to affect me when I went back to work. Time for Me brought my creativity back and also helped me get prepared for going back to work. It also helped me make sure I made time to do creative things at home as a form of mindfulness.
“I’d advise any mums experiencing post-natal depression to be open and talk, no one is going to judge and you are not alone. Go and see your GP or talk to your health visitor, they are there to listen and provide as much help as they can.”
Nicola Monaghan, Clinical Specialist Perinatal and Infant Mental Health for Bridgewater said:
“Time for Me is a creative group facilitated by a Health Visitor. It’s for mothers who are experiencing antenatal/postnatal depression and or anxiety. It’s an opportunity to meet mothers in the same situation and for them to realise they are not alone. Mothers who attend Time for Me feel less isolated, feel their confidence increasing and make friends”.
Steve Tatham, Lead Commissioner for children, maternity and women said at NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group: “The CCG is committed to offering mums and babies the support they need for positive physical and emotional wellbeing during the perinatal and postnatal period.
“Time for Me has been positively received, with most mums who attend making significant progress towards recovery.
“Due to the success of this service, Warrington CCG is exploring how we can use our resources to maintain this offer to mums and babies going forward.
For more information about health visiting in Warrington please visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/healthvisitingservice/ or for information about tackling postnatal depression, visit www.nhs.uk and search postnatal depression.