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Health Visiting: Getting support with your family’s emotional wellbeing

Health Visiting: Getting support with your family’s emotional wellbeing

SERVICES

Who is the service for?

The Health Visiting Service provides compassionate and non-judgmental support for families with children (from pregnancy to age five), whatever their circumstances.

Parents can contact the health visiting service at any point for support, guidance or a friendly chat about their family’s emotional well-being or mental health.

What we do

If you need support with your emotional well-being or mental health, or you are worried about a member of your family, you can contact your Health Visitor who will talk with you about how you are feeling, the support needs that you have and what services may be helpful to you. Together, you can then decide what support might work best for you and your family and plan how to access those services.

Resources

Click on a link below to view a list of resources for the following subjects:

Perinatal Positivity

Short Film Filmed in Bristol with local, real-life stories.

PATH UK

A resource hub for parents, co-parents and intended parents who are planning a pregnancy, preparing for a baby, or adapting to life with a newborn and are seeking support around emotional wellbeing and new, emerging or existing mental health illnesses.

Home – PANDAS Foundation UK

PANDAS foundation is a community offering peer-to-peer support to families via a free helpline/text/email in addition to social media group support and supports perinatal mental health and well-being.

Getting to Know Your Baby (AIMH UK) videos

Videos from The Association for Infant Mental Health including sleeping and soothing, bonding and early interaction.

Building a Happy Baby (leaflet)

A guide for parents and carers on how to help your baby feel secure and loved.

Bonding with your baby

BBC Tiny Happy People Fun ideas for simple ways to bond with your baby or child.

Samaritans

Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free and it won’t show up on your phone history.

Infant crying and how to cope – ICON 

Information for parents and carers on infant crying and how to cope – ICON.

The Pregnancy and Post-birth Wellbeing Plan

The plan helps you start thinking about how you feel emotionally and what support you might need in your pregnancy and after the birth.

Mothers for mothers

Services to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy, and early years parenting.

My baby’s brain

Learn how to develop your baby’s brain at home.

Watch Me Play

This short video shows how parents and carers can feel more confident and closer to their baby or child through play.

Start for Life

This video explains how children’s brains develop during the early years, and the crucial role parents play.

Related services

The following services may be of interest:

A mum and baby with a health visitor at a baby hub.

Information and signposting

Apps

  • Baby Buddy Whether you’re a mum, dad, co-parent or caregiver, Baby Buddy can empower you to feel confident, giving you the knowledge and practical skills to look after yourself and give your child the best start.
  • DadPad/Co-parent pad – The essential guide for new dads and co-parents.

Local support

  • NHS Talking Therapies NHS-funded evidence-based talking therapies.
  • Mothers for Mothers Peer support women with lived experience of perinatal mental health issues who offer support and information (including information for dads and partners).
  • Home-Start Bristol and South Glos or Home-Start North Somerset Free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents.
  • Rockabye A group to support you and nourish your relationship with your baby through sharing experiences with other parents, singing and sensory play. It runs for 10-12 weeks in Children’s Centres across Bristol, for parents and pre-crawling babies.
  • Project MAMA Birth support for migrant or asylum-seeking women in Bristol (anyone with a BS postcode).
  • Children’s Centres – accessed via your local authority website (Bristol/North Somerset/South Glos). Services vary by area but may include antenatal or postnatal groups, infant massage and one-to-one support.
  • AWP Crisis/Intensive Support Team (open 24/7) 0800 953 1919 to use if urgent mental health support needed at any point.

Getting help

We know that lots of people who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing may find it hard to tell a professional about how they are feeling. We provide compassionate and non-judgmental support for you and your family, whatever you’re going through.

Please do get in touch with the Health Visiting Service if you would like support or guidance at any point.

Getting more help (more extensive goal-based help)

Further help can be accessed by speaking with a health visitor.

Following an assessment of need with the health visiting service, families may be referred to local third sector services offering mental health and wellbeing support, their GP or directly to primary mental health services.

The number of the direct access crisis line is included on the page.

I am a professional...

N/A the health visiting service provides assessment of need, early support and referral to specialist mental health support services.

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