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Below are some links to resources we have found interesting on perinatal mental health and wider mental health issues in general.

1. CBT:

~Anyone who has done a course of CBT on the NHS will find the following familiar. It’s not the same without a therapist obviously, but there’s loads of free information and work sheets to browse though:

CBT Self Help Resources

2. PEER SUPPORT:

~Rosey Adams is the incredible award-winning founder of ‘PND and me’ and has created an entire community of mums, health care professionals and mental health professionals; all with the common purpose of promoting maternal mental health:

You can join in the latest with Rosey at #pndhour on Twitter, every Wednesday at 8pm.

3. MOTHER AND BABY UNITS:

~Louis Theroux’s fabulous 2018 documentary set in two MBU’s:

Mothers on the Edge

4. BOOKS:

~Postnatal Depression by Michelle Cree:

The compassionate mind approach to postnatal depression; ISBN: 9781780330853; Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group.

5. DOCUMENTARIES:

~My Baby, Psychosis and Me:

No longer available on BBC iplayer but can still be found elsewhere on the web.

6. PERINATAL OCD:

~The Royal College of Psychiatrists provides a clear explanation of perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder:

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/problems-disorders/perinatal-ocd

7. PTSD AFTER CHILDBIRTH:

~Research paper on PTSD following childbirth:

PTSD following childbirth. In: C. R. Martin (Ed.), Perinatal mental health: a clinical guide. (pp. 155-164). M&k Update. ISBN 1905539495

~Research paper by the City of London University on PTSD following childbirth:

https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/5036/5/Chapter_final_version_(1).pdf

8. COMPLEX TRAUMA:

~Keir Harding is a multi award winning, nationally acclaimed Occupational Therapist who worked in NHS mental health services for over 20 years, largely with people given a borderline personality disorder diagnosis. Alongside Lived Experience Practitioner and Integrative Counsellor Hollie Berrigan, he has created a highly informative & insightful podcast; each episode focuses on a different guest speaker or a different aspect of this often controversial diagnosis:

The Wrong Kind Of Mad

~Dr Jessica Taylor has created an e-learning self-development course ‘caring for yourself after sexual violence’  which is free to download with unlimited access:

https://www.victimfocus.org.uk/free-caring-for-yourself-after-sexual-violence

9. TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE:

~This very recent (February 2021) large 41 page document is aimed at those working with women in the perinatal period. It addresses the importance of supporting both existing and newly implemented trauma-informed practice:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/A-good-practice-guide-to-support-implementation-of-trauma-informed-care-in-the-perinatal-period-February-2021.pdf