My Plan – New Perinatal Mental Health Service for Women in Bradford starting November

The My Plan Perinatal Service is funded with a grant from NHS Charities Together, the national charity partner of the NHS.

We help 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 specialist support to women living in Bradford experiencing low to moderate perinatal mental health issues, focusing on improving wellbeing and mental health.

How do I access this support?

If you are suffering with perinatal mental health issues, or if you know somebody you think would benefit, please get in touch at the details opposite.

To be receive support, people must:

  • Live in Bradford
  • Be of 18 years or over
  • Be experiencing perinatal mental health issues as a result of an existing or planned pregnancy or be within a year of being pregnant.
  • YOU DO NOT need a formal diagnosis or referral from a GP

We are particularly interested to hear from you if you have been supporting someone as a volunteer or peer supporter but feel they would benefit from more specialist help.

What happens when I join the programme?

You will be allocated a friendly Mental  Health Worker who will work with you for up to 12 one-to-one sessions and help you produce a Support Plan, aimed at improving your wellbeing and helping you to cope.

They can come to your home, meet you in a place of your choice, such as a café or park, or arrange to meet you in our offices, individually or as part of a group.  Just let us know what would work best for you.

There will also be an option to get involved with Get Outdoor More and take part in group activities which have a focus on making connections between mothers and enjoying the benefits of nature in the local area.

We can also connect you with a range of services that provide support for:

  • Children with Special Education Needs
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Parenting
  • Benefits and debt

Touchstone specialist support will complement the brilliant emotional support already offered by peer volunteer services across the city including Bradford Home-Start https://homestartbradford.co.uk/ and Better Start Perinatal Services https://www.betterstartbradford.org.uk/  .

The project also works alongside the specialist mental health support Touchstone are delivering with the Stronger Families Project, in Bradford, https://touchstonesupport.org.uk/community-development/stronger-families-bradford/  which supports families to overcome barriers preventing access to education, training, employment and skills building and with the work being undertaken by Clare Powell as part of the West Yorkshire Perinatal Mental Health Peer Support Alliance . https://touchstonesupport.org.uk/community-services/west-yorkshire-perinatal-mental-health-peer-supporter-alliance/

Feel free to contact any of these services if you think they could help.