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RCM Haywards Heath and Brighton Branch – Perinatal Mental Health Conference Success

Nick Child, Senior Organiser (Networks)
12 February, 2018

RCM Haywards Heath and Brighton Branch – Perinatal Mental Health Conference Success

Haywards Heath and Brighton RCM Branch Learning Reps held a Perinatal Mental Health Conference on 5th February bringing together Midwives, Student Midwives, MSWs and other Health Professionals from the across the region.

Our Learning Reps; Laura McLaren, Penny Gillis and Rachael Bannister have only recently been elected into their roles, but with a lot of hard work and commitment, backing from the local RCM Branch and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust they pulled off an incredibly successful event with over 90 delegates attending. The local branch has recently become much more active and this event is testament to how branches can support and promote local professional development opportunities for our members.

Laura said 'Our aim for the conference is that it will help midwives to feel more confident in recognising mental health issues and then feel more equipped to have these conversations with women, because that really is the first step in removing stigma and promoting wellbeing.' The programme covered information on the local Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service run by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, as well as the personal accounts of women, and a number of specialist midwives, health visitors and psychotherapists.

Given that feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive (61% rating it as Excellent and 33% rating it as Very Good) it seems clear that this objective was achieved.  Apart from the depth of range of speakers people also felt that there were plenty of practical points that they could take forward to inform their practice. 

In addition the Branch raised over £300 for charity PANDA's (Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support Charity) to help set up a much needed peer to peer support group for women experiencing mild to moderate pre and post-natal depression in the Brighton and Hove area. 

For more details regarding PANDA's, please use the link below.

www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

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