Motherhood is a spectrum of emotions. It’s ok to ask for help.
While it's normal to have ups and downs, good days and bad days, for some mums it can escalate.
More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.
Supporting your friend or loved one, or starting a conversation yourself about the challenges you may be facing isn’t always easy, but it is worth remembering you’re not alone, and it’s always ok to ask for help.
Maltesers, in partnership with Comic Relief, is working towards a future where women no longer face injustice. Together, we have been working on breaking the taboo around maternal mental health and are now working to help empower women in the workplace.
We want to help all mums feel recognised, less alone, and supported.
With the right support, you can get better.
If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, or want guidance on how to spot signs in yourself or others, visit the Maternal Mental Health Alliance website.
Comic Relief has supported work in this area since 2010 by funding organisations across the UK that aim to reduce social isolation and help women and families across the UK to access specialist support.
About Maltesers & Comic Relief
Maltesers has been raising money for Comic Relief for over ten years, and this year we're working together to support mums' mental health. Together, we recognise that work is needed to help overcome the shame and stigma that can be wrongfully attached to maternal mental health issues, and to help women access the support they need.
As a funder, we partner with organisations that have local expertise, trusted relationships, and existing community links dedicated to supporting mothers. These include those experiencing racial inequality as well as people from emerging communities who have been traditionally hard to reach, including refugee and asylum-seeking women and those experiencing rural poverty.
Cheshire-based Smile Group is formed and run by mums who have experienced maternal mental health issues. It gives families and mums safe welcoming spaces to come together and be open about their experiences, by offering peer support groups, home visits and 1-1 talk therapy.
The Happy Mums Foundation
The Happy Mums Foundation provides peer-led support groups run by a network of trained volunteers across west, north and east Cumbria. It allows women to come together to share their experiences of maternal mental health problems and to gain hope and acceptance.
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