²gether NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging new parents to share their experiences of mental health care in an innovative workshop this month.
The ‘Whose Shoes’ event is a brilliant opportunity to bring together parents with lived experience and those working in perinatal mental health so that lessons can be learned and improvements made. Based around a board game, the event will ask participants to ‘walk a mile’ in someone else’s shoes to try to understand different perspectives.
Last year, Gloucestershire received almost £1.5m of funding which was used to set up a specialist perinatal mental health team to support pregnant women and new mothers experiencing post-natal depression and other emotional difficulties, as well as their babies and families. The service has been really successful since it started in July 2017, and has already received nearly 150 referrals.
Trish Butler, Team Manager for Gloucestershire Perinatal Mental Health Service says: “the Whose Shoes event is about ensuring that the mental health of pregnant woman and new mums is considered just as important as their physical health. We are really keen to help women to access the mental health support they need and raise awareness of mental health during pregnancy and postnatally.”
The event takes place on Thursday 24th May at Kingsholm Stadium. Lunch is provided, partners/dads and babies are more than welcome and travel expenses can be reimbursed.
If you are interested in attending, please call 01452 894092 to book a place.