MyPlan Perinatal Mental Health Support Service in Bradford

What is Perinatal Mental Health?

Perinatal mental health is the mental health of any parent during pregnancy or the first year of a child’s life. Poor mental health is thought to affect up to 20% of parents, maybe more. It can include anxiety, depression, worry and intrusive thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia, obsessions and compulsions, self harm and in rare cases even psychosis.

The pandemic is thought to have increased levels of mental distress among parents due to increased isolation, lack of access to support services and family support networks and also the closure of childcare provisions. Additionally, misinformation about vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and also uncertainty about the risks of COVID during pregnancy and in babies and young children, has added to the stress facing new parents.

What is the MyPlan service?

Touchstone’s MyPlan Perinatal Service is funded with a grant from NHS Charities Together, the national charity partner of the NHS. The service supports women in Bradford who are suffering with perinatal mental health issues as a result of a recent pregnancy or as a result of existing problems that might get worse with an upcoming pregnancy. We provide outreach support to women experiencing low to moderate perinatal mental health issues, focusing on improving wellbeing and mental health.

The following headings provide some more information about the support available –

Mental Health and Wellbeing one to one support

Touchstone Mental Health Workers deliver one to one tailored support sessions, either in your home or at a community venue. We understand that women may find it difficult to talk openly about how they are feeling for many different reasons, for example pressure to feel excited and happy or worried they are a bad parent if they are struggling with their mental health. We are here to listen and help improve your coping skills, using practical strategies and a MyPlan action plan to build confidence in managing your wellbeing. We can also provide information on specialist mental health services in Bradford and can refer you on for further support if needed.

Connect with nature with Get Out More

Throughout spring and summer Get Out More will facilitate a programme of small group outdoor meet ups, giving women the opportunity to connect with nature and their peers. Each session will be a gentle walk including a range of adult-focused nature-based activities. The activities will take inspiration from forest school and forest-bathing techniques for example sensory observations, wild art, foraging and nature discovery. We aim to help women develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to access green spaces on a regular basis with their child, to reduce stress and anxiety and support ongoing wellbeing.

Monthly Book Club

The Touchstone book club is a space for women to chat, get to know each other, and loan books. It takes place every first Wednesday of the month at the café in Carlisle Business Centre and includes a complimentary hot drink. At our monthly meet ups we issue two ‘books of the month’ for everyone to read at their leisure at home but there is no pressure to read all/both the books.

Referrals can either be via email or telephone

Our Team

Katie Hammond
Katie HammondService Manager
I’m Katie, and as a parent myself, to two young boys, I benefited from wellbeing support during the perinatal period. The MyPlan service builds on the knowledge and experience Touchstone have of providing mental health and wellbeing support to parents on the Stronger Families Programme in Bradford for the past four years.
Jayne Croston
Jayne CrostonMental Health Support Worker
Hi my name is Jayne and I am very excited to be part of the new MyPlan team. I have worked within mental health services, for much of my adult life and in lots of different roles and my ethos has always been, “If I can support someone to make even the smallest positive changes in their lives, then I’ve achieved my goal for the day”.
Lisa Sadler
Lisa SadlerMental Health Support Worker
Hi my name is Lisa and I have previously been a support worker with Touchstone crisis cafes. I am really looking forward to this new role and working with existing perinatal services in Bradford to support women’s mental health and wellbeing during the perinatal period. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening and pilates to support my own wellbeing.