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Pregnancy and parenthood is often imagined to be a time of great joy, happiness and excitement. However, the reality for many mums can be far from this whilst coping with changes in emotions, relationships, sleep, routine and other areas alongside physical changes.
We offer a range of services for women and men aged over 18 years old across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support your wellbeing during the perinatal period. You can find out more about each of these below.
Connecting Mums provides women with the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other mums and learn new ways to stay emotionally healthy.
This course may especially benefit you if you feel lonely or isolated, have experienced mental health problems or have low self-esteem.
You’re welcome to bring your child along to each session as we have fully DBS checked volunteers who are more than happy to lend a hand in giving you a break so that you can focus on you.
We aim to provide a collection of tools and reminders attendees can use to nurture themselves to keep well and to strengthen social connections.
The course was developed by CPSL Mind in conjunction with National Mind and has taken the ideas and suggestions of 30 women with lived experience of perinatal mental health issues and moulded them into a course, utilising best practice and tools to stay well.
The groups are offered in Peterborough, South Fenland, Cambridge and Huntingdonshire on fortnightly or monthly basis and are open to women who live in these areas who have a child under the age of 2 years.
The groups focus on Mums sharing wellbeing skills and keeping connected with each other for friendship and support.
These groups are delivered from Child and Family Centres which provide a space for children to play in a suitable environment during the sessions. This is a safe and open-minded environment for Mums to come together and share similar experiences.
Connecting Muslim Mums
A six-week course for expecting or new Mums focusing on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ – keep learning, connect, take notice, give and be active. It has been specifically designed and tailored to Muslim Mums, incorporating faith-based material and culturally sensitive issues. Muslim and Non-Muslim multilingual staff and volunteers will support during the course.
This course provides women with the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other Mums and may especially benefit you if you feel lonely, isolated or have experienced mental health problems or low self-esteem.
You’re welcome to bring your child along to each session as we have fully DBS checked volunteers who are more than happy to lend a hand in giving you a break so that you can focus on yourself.
Up to six sessions of one-to-one support, focused on giving Mums a listening ear and improving wellbeing. The sessions aim to set small goals each week to help empower Mums.
Muslim and non-Muslim multilingual staff and volunteers are available to support Mums depending on who each Mum feels most comfortable working with.
Muslim Muma Meet-Ups
Meet other Mums and find support and connections. These informal group sessions focus on themes such as our hopes and expectations of motherhood, self-care, building self-esteem, and looking at how to keep ourselves active. Babies and children are welcome to play while mums build connections and friendships. No need to book or commit to all sessions. Just drop in!
Being a new dad can be tough. Welcoming a child into the world can be exciting and rewarding but comes with its own unique challenges.
Our Dads Matter course is an eight-week course consisting of 2 hours each week. Dads Matter is both friendly and informal where you can meet new people, build your confidence, and keep yourself emotionally healthy. Aimed at men whose mental health may be impacted by becoming a new parent or becoming a parent within the last two years. This includes things such as anxiety, depression, and worrying thoughts.
Dads Peer Support
Our peer support groups are open to Dad’s with children up to the age of 2 years who live across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. The groups focus on Dads sharing wellbeing skills and keeping connected with each other for friendship and support.
For more information email or to book a place email@example.com
Get in touch
Women and men aged 18 or over, living in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and experiencing low to moderate mental health challenges during the perinatal period – during pregnancy and up to two years after birth – can self-refer by downloading the form below.
Referrals can also be made by any professional supporting pregnant women and new mums including Health Visitors, GPs or Midwifes.
Real life story
For one of our mums, attending the Mums Matter course helped provide her with the skills to manage her mental health as well as connecting her with other mums. She says, “I would encourage any mum who is struggling with her mental health to come to the Mums Matter groups, it really helped me.”
Real life story
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