Specialist Health Visitors for Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health Specialist Health Visitors work alongside the Health Visiting service to promote the health and wellbeing of families with children under the age of five. Health Visitors are trained nurses with specialist training in child development and family health. They work with families to provide a range of advice and support to improve parental confidence and ensure best outcomes for children and young people.

The Specialist Health Visitors for Perinatal Mental Health work with your Health Visitor and other community practitioners to support parents with adjusting emotionally to becoming parents from the antenatal period to around the second year of your child’s life. The team works with parents across the City of Southend with low to moderate mental health needs. This is done in conjuction with your Health Visiting contact.

Health Visitors are trained nurses with specialist training in child development and family health. They work with families to provide a range of advice and support to improve parental confidence and ensure best outcomes for children and young people. When your Health Visiting Team sees you, they will be enquiring and offering support about your emotional well-being.

How to access/contact the Specialist Health Visiting Service for Perinatal Mental Health

If at any time antenatally through to your child’s second birthday, you feel low in mood, anxious or worried or have other worries about your emotional health and adjustment to parenting, you can contact the Specialist Health Visitors directly or via your named Health Visitor. You may have talked to a member of the Health Visiting team about how you feel when you have seen them at home or at a child health clinic and may have been offered additional support, or have been signposted to other support such as your GP, or Therapy For You. Your Health Visitor, GP or other people supporting you, such as a Family Support Worker, may contact the Specialist Health Visitors for advice and help to plan your care.

If you live in the City of Southend, you may be introduced to the Specialist Health Visitors for additional support. This support may include joint visits and work alongside your named Health Visitor, additional supportive visits, invitation to group support, and links to other suitable support networks. The Specialist Heath Visitor can also liaise with the Essex wide Perinatal Mental Health Team, who have a more specialist service for women with moderate to severe difficulties, for further support, and if necessary referral to this service. Families often receive a service from different health professionals who work for EPUT. In order to ensure that care is co-ordinated, information recorded in health records will be shared where appropriate in order to facilitate this.

Your Perinatal Health Visiting Service means that your Specialist Health Visitor will be able to support you through the antenatal period (before the baby is born) and will continue through your perinatal period (until your child is 2 year old).

For more information or to access the service, contact Jo: 07816965420, Kerry Emmerton: 07977177237 or Dominique: 07866609752

Useful Contacts

NHS Talking therapies- The service can offer a range of therapies and online resources, you can self-refer or with assistance of your GP/ Health care professional.  https://www.therapyforyou.co.uk/ 

South Essex Mind: www.secemind.org.uk 

Community Wellbeing Services

Trust Links, a service that is run through projects across Southend and at their wellbeing community gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness and Rochford.  Services include Growing Together, REACH Recovery College and Wellness Hub.  https://www.trustlinks.org/our-projects/  

Everyone Health, A service providing healthy life style and wellbeing support such as support in getting more active, weight management and social prescribing. https://southend.everyonehealth.co.uk/ 

Active Southend – www.activesouthend.com 

Wellbeing at Garons Park –  https://www.garonpark.com/ 

Parenting Support/ Groups and Activities

Southend On Sea 0-19 Public health service- call 01702 534911  https://www.livewellsouthend.com/health-visiting-0-5-2 

Southend Family centre – www.southend.gov.uk/children-families/family-centres 

City Family – www.cityfamily.org.uk

Parents 1st – parents1st.org.uk/parents-1st-essex 

Cake Club- cakeclubcommunity.org 

National Breastfeeding Helpline – www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk  Telephone 0300 100 0212

Apps:  Every Mind matters, Smiling Minds, Headspace, Calm, Kooth, The self compassion app 

Something for the dads : Fatherhood institute, Dads pad, Dads Matter, Andys Man Club