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Mums referred every day to Bucks mental health service

A dedicated team was created 18 moths ago to help women struggling.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:50am 12th February 2020. 3-minute read.

Mums referred every day to Bucks mental health service

More and more mums in Buckinghamshire are getting help with their mental health, after a dedicated service started 18 months ago.

Referrals are actually coming in every day for the team, who are there to help women finding it hard to cope.

We chatted with Claire Daniels,  the Perinatal Lead Practitioner, as part of our Mental Health Awareness Month.

She told us about some of the struggles they see:

"People feel that they're bad mums, that they are not good enough.

"There is this guilt and this shame, but actually it's a mental illness."

Claire told us that it is really important that women do seek help if they are finding things tough.

"Quite often we put things down to being tired or sleep deprived and having a new baby, but it can be a bit more than that.

"So it's important for family members and partners, if you are picking up on things as well, to try and nip it in the bud."

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There's a plea to mums who are struggling to seek help ASAP

One of the big worries is the stigma surrounding mental health problems, with mums fearful they will see their children taken away if they admit they need help.

Claire told us that isn't the case, but that they're seeking to get alongside women and help.

"So we link in with midwives and health visitors very closely, we have nursery nurses who can work on bonding and attachment difficulties, weening and feeding.

"All the things which can raise anxiety when you have got a little baby."

There are plans as well to expand the service, to cover dads and partners and to grow the team as well.

But there is also a plea for mums, once more, to not hold back is asking for help.

Claire's advice is to get a GP appointment and they will be able to signpost to the right service.

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