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.
Only 50% of these mental health cases are diagnosed, and 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.
Moreover, a woman should be supported throughout her pregnancy and into the formative years of her child's life. The responsibility for maternal mental health does not simply lie with health and social care services. For instance, supporting women in the workforce and the creation and implementation of family-friendly working practices can also create supportive environments.
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 your organisation can do more for mothers suffering from mental health problems.
In partnership with
- 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
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