Wigan Health Visitors set to hold organised walk to raise awareness of maternal mental health

Out of the Blue WalkHealth visitors are hosting an organised walk for local families at 10am on Friday 8 September from Hindley Children’s Centre.

The walk aims to highlight the importance of good mental health and wellbeing for new and expectant mothers.

The Out of the Blue walk, which has been organised by health visitors from Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is a chance for families to join a relaxed stroll, meet new people and talk about their mental health.

Everyone is welcome to join the walk but those taking part are asked to wear blue to show their support.

Jill Whittle, a Health Visitor based at Hindley Clinic said:

“It is estimated that up to one in five women experience mental health problems during pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth.

New and expectant mums can find it difficult to talk about if they are struggling either emotionally or physically but we want to spread the message that this is often a normal part of transition to parenthood and there is help available from your health visitor, doctor or midwife.”

The Out of The Blue walk is taking place as part of Wigan Wellfest, a festival organised by the public sector and devoted to wellbeing.

Find out more about health visiting in Wigan at www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/healthvisitingservice/.

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