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The Trust, and other partners, have been highly commended at an awards ceremony for their work to tackle stigma around maternal mental health.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Mums and Babies in Mind (MABIM) announced the winners of the first perinatal mental health awards.

The awards, which were announced on 13th September at the first Annual UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance Conference at Imperial College, London, recognise best practice and achievement in the categories of perinatal mental health education and training, perinatal mental health awareness raising, peer support and transgenerational service.

Dr Camilla Rosan, Programme Lead for Families, Children and Young People at the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Early intervention for maternal mental health can have a dramatic impact on outcomes for mothers, fathers, children and the wider community.

“Our winners and runners up are making a real difference to the mental health of women and their families, helping to break the cycle of intergenerational mental ill health.”

Dr Alain Gregoire, founder and Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, said: “This is a remarkable group of cutting-edge scientists gathered at Imperial College to discuss mental health across the generations and the earliest possible interventions to prevent mental health problems.”

The Trust, as part of the Gloucestershire Tackles Stigma Group, worked on an extensive perinatal mental health campaign, in a great example of partnership working across the county. The campaign included designing and distributing perinatal postcards to hospitals, clinics, GP surgeries, children’s centres and other public spaces.

The group created infographic posters, which highlighted key statistics around perinatal mental health, and used social media to promote education messages, signpost and raise awareness. They also worked with local media on stories about perinatal mental health, including one about postpartum psychosis.

A well-woman in pregnancy pack was devised, which is given to women at booking, and gives information on mental health difficulties and techniques to help women keep well.

The work was highly commended in the Anti-Stigma Award for Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Raising 2017.