Services for new parents
in North Somerset

If you have recently had a baby and your mental health has been affected, you are not alone.  Below you will find the full range of services in North Somerset that can offer help and support.  Please contact organisations directly for the latest service delivery information during COVID 19.


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STATUTORY SERVICES

NHS

GPs

If you feel that your mental health, or that of your partner, is deteriorating during the postnatal period, please seek advice from your local GP. It is very common for parents to feel low or anxious during this time and there is no need to suffer in silence. GPs can help you identify what help you need and support you to at difficult times.

Service delivery plan during COVID 19:
GP surgeries are open as normal, but do expect to receive a phone call initially from the doctor.

Health Visitors

During these unfamiliar and difficult times we would like to reassure parents the Health Visiting Service continues and is available to all parents and families.  Having a baby is a big life event and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions and reactions; for many this has been heightened by the current Covid pandemic.  If you feel your emotions and reactions are starting to impact on how you live your life you may be experiencing a mental health problem. We are here to support you.

We continue to offer our 5 routine contacts; during pregnancy, within 2 weeks of birth, 6-8 weeks and at 1 and 2 years of age. Currently we offer this through telephone and video consultations, although we are hoping to resume face-to-face support soon.  In North Somerset we also have a dedicated Health Visitor helpline for parents operating Monday to Friday 9am until 4:30pm. 

Our clinics and hubs are not currently running, however should you require specialist advice and support you can book a consultation with one of our Parental Adult Mental Health Nurses via a health visitor, social worker, or family support worker referral.

North Somerset Health Visitor
Telephone and Advice Information service number:
Health Visiting 01934 533300

Specialist Community Perinatal Service - Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Trust

Outline of service: Pregnancy can be difficult for both new mums and partners and cause mood changes and anxiety symptoms. This often gets better with the help of friends, family, GPs and other healthcare professionals. A perinatal team is involved when more specialist support is needed.

The AWP team is made up of a range of professionals including mental health nurses, parent-infant therapists, nursery nurses and specialist psychiatrists. The service offers assessment and treatment, and works with mums in community settings. It supports women with longstanding, severe mental illness during pregnancy and following birth (bipolar, psychosis, previous post-partum psychosis, eating disorders, OCD and severe anxiety). Support is also available to mums who have previously attended a mother and baby unit, and women experiencing mental illness for the first time in pregnancy/as a new parent.

The service covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset works in conjunction with specialist perinatal staff at the maternity hospitals.

Who can access this service:
• Women with previous mental health difficulties who want to plan their pregnancy.
• Women with a significant family history of certain mental health illnesses such as bipolar or psychosis.
• Women being cared for by secondary mental health services (the perinatal team usually works alongside them).
• Professionals supporting mum during pregnancy or following birth may feel extra mental health support/assessment is needed.

Referrals are typically between 12 week’s gestation and 9 months postnatally (but the service will accept from pre-pregnancy to 12 months postnatally), and triaged on an individual need basis.

How to refer:  If you are concerned about your mental health, please contact your GP/midwife/health visitor. If you are supported by secondary mental health services your current team can discuss with you.

Who can refer:  Professional referral only.

Parental Adult Mental Health Nurse Service for 0-19yrs Children’s services in North Somerset (Sirona Care).

Outline of service: Supporting parents of children (0-19yrs) with their mental health.
The team also support other professionals who are working with clients experiencing perinatal mental health problems.

Who can access this service: Parents of children aged 0-19 years.

How to refer: Professional referral only. Please contact health care professional/support worker and they will refer you if appropriate.

VitaMinds

Outline of service: Vitaminds support clients experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, excessive worry or low mood.  This service provides a range of evidence-based talking therapies as well as advice and guidance on community services that can support you in your local area.

Who can access this service: Suitable for over 16 year olds living in the Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire.

How to refer: Professional and Self referrals accepted. Referrals can be made via the telephone or via the online referral form which can be found on the website.

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North Somerset Breastfeeding support

Outline of service: 1:1 support and online Facebook group support available to breastfeeding mums living in North Somerset.

Who can access service: Any breastfeeding mum in North Somerset.

How to refer: Groups/Facebook support –details/links can be found on website.
Specialist clinic – referral via health visitor/peer support group.

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Home-Start North Somerset   

Outline of service: Home-Start North Somerset offers a lifeline to families with young children (age 0-5) going through difficult times and needing emotional support and practical help.  One-to-one support for mums/dads is done weekly by trained volunteers on the phone or park walks for up to a year. Mums in Mind Online Groups from October 2020, small peer to peer support groups for mums with babies under 1, who are feeling low to share experiences and discuss wellbeing.

Who can access the service: Any family with at least one child under the age of 5 years.

How to refer: Professional referral and self-referral.  All details and referral forms can be found on the website.

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Bluebell Care

Outline of service: Bluebell offers support to pregnant and new mums who are experiencing depression and anxiety. Mums can access 1:1 support from a peer support buddy, group support programs and the opportunity to come along to targeted drop-in sessions at their central Bristol Hub.

Who can access the service: Pregnant mums and mums with little ones up to the age of 2 years old.

How to refer: Professional and self-referrals accepted. Visit website to download referral form.

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Dads in Mind

Outline of service: Dads In Mind supports Dads who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health surrounding pregnancy and birth of a child, or are supporting a partner who is having difficulties. Dads can access 1:1, and group peer support.

Who can access the service: Any dad who needs psychological support around his partner’s pregnancy, birth and up to 2 years postnatally.

How to refer: Professional and self-referrals accepted. Visit website to download referral form.

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Rockabye

Outline of service: Rockabye run groups to support and nourish your relationship with baby through sharing experiences with other parents, singing and sensory play.  The organisation runs both Ante-natal groups (6 weeks long) and Post-natal groups (10-12 weeks).

Who can access the service: Parents during pregnancy and with pre-crawling babies living in Bristol,  South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

How to refer: Professional and self-referrals accepted.

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Bristol Mind   

Outline of service: Bristol Mind is a mental health resource for people in the Bristol area. Some of their services are open to North Somerset.

Who can access the service: Suitable for adults over the age of 18.  

How to refer: All services are available for self-referral. 

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Mothers for Mothers

Outline of Service:  Mothers for Mothers run weekly peer support groups for women with pre-school children; a counselling and art psychotherapy service; a helpline and pre-arranged weekly support calls and home visits for women who are too unwell to access services and activities outside of their home.

Who can access the service: Services are open to pregnant women and families with pre-school-aged children.

How to refer: Professional and self referral taken via the helpline number or email.

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The NILAARI agency

Outline of service: Nilaari is a mental health service which focuses on Black, Asian and Minority Communities (BAME). It is a unique, independent organisation covering Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Who can access the service: Nilaari offers a service to anyone who is resident in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset over the age of 18 yrs.

How to refer: Self referral.

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Baby Bank Network

Outline of service: Provides free pre-loved baby items to families in need.

Who can access the service: Any family living in poverty, with children under the age of 5 years old.

How to refer: Any professional, support worker or charity working with family can refer via website.

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