Improving Maternal Mental Health: Getting It Right for Mothers and Babies

Up to one in five women are affected by mental health in the perinatal period. 

The context

Only 50% of these mental health cases are diagnosed. Health and social care services must focus on early intervention into maternal mental health to ensure the best outcomes for our mothers and babies. With the recent publication of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, now represents the time to examine how maternal mental health services can be improved.

A mentally healthy childhood can build a foundation for a healthy and fulfilling adulthood. In Scotland, research has found that maternal mental health was significantly associated with child development outcomes. As a result, children that experience prolonged exposure to a mother with mental health problems were more susceptible to poor behavioural, emotional and social outcomes.

With the recent publication of the Scottish Government's 'Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027', now represents the time to examine how maternal mental health services can be improved.

The event

Join us at this timely Holyrood policy briefing where we will examine the next steps for perinatal mental health in Scotland. We will bring together expert speakers with delegates working in the field to learn more about how health and social care services can do more for mothers suffering from mental health problems.

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Key issues to be addressed

  • Perinatal and mental health policy in Scotland.
  • How the government, health boards and third sector can support parents to achieve better outcomes for children
  • Existing good practice and how this can be used as a foundation to improve health outcomes for Scotland’s families
  • Improving inpatient care for mothers and babies

Agenda*

09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

             Helen Sloan, Chair, Maternal Mental Health Scotland 

10.05   Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • Improving early interventions and understanding the warning signs during pregnancy
  • Delivering more perinatal mental health care in the community
  • Coordinating services 
  • Better supporting families to understand and support mothers experiencing mental ill-health
  • Understanding the implications for babies

11:30   Refreshments and Networking

11.50   Session 2: Supporting Mothers and Improving Services

11:50   Specialist Inpatient and Community Services

  • Different provision of services - a 'postcode lottery'
  • Timely, effective, safe - what women want and when they need it

            Elaine Clark, Nurse Consultant Perinatal Mental Health, West of Scotland Mother and Baby Unit

12:30   Questions and Discussion

12:50   Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Learning from Successful Approaches and Sharing Good Practice

13:50   Aberlour Perinatal Befriending Support Service

            Liz Nolan, Assistant Director, Aberlour

14:10   Sharing Lived Experience and Challenging the Stigma

            Catherine Carver and Clare Thompson, Change Agents, Maternal Mental Health Scotland

14:30   Roundtable: Sharing Good Practice

Delegates will be asked to share examples of good practice from their own services and learn from one another for future improvements.

15:15   Questions and Discussion

15:30   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:45     Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

This briefing will be held in central Edinburgh. The venue will be confirmed in due course. 

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635.

Dates
25 January 2018

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