National Assembly for Wales CYPEC publish their report.

What you need to know… The Children, Young People and Education Committee Perinatal mental health in Wales October 2017 www.assembly.wales/seneddcype     I was delighted to attend the launch of the document on perinatal mental health which was held in Cardiff Bay. The audience consisted of health professionals, charitable organisations and leading experts in perinatal […]

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Emma Cadywould Award for Perinatal Mental Health Education and Training 2017

      In September the Maternal Mental Health Alliance presented awards for training in perinatal mental health.   Highly commended was: Institute of Health Visiting Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champion Training Programme.   I, with Cheryll Adams, initiated the first training programme, training over 400 health visitors as Champions throughout England.   I am delighted it […]

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ARTICLES / PAPERS FOR HEALTH JOURNALS

Writing for journals is not always as easy as it seems. Even when you know the subject like the back of your hand, putting it into words that make sense to everyone else is a challenge! When I did the research on Jinn, it took me 2 years to get ethical approval and permission to […]

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MARCE SOCIETY

I am still involved with the Marcé Society both as an EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER and now as Board member of the FOUNDERS COMMITTEE. As the society goes from strength to strength, so does the membership, research and development and it is felt that it is important to remember the inception of the Marcé Society and […]

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TRAINING IN POWYS IN MAY

Four days of fab training with a great group. It is so heart-warming to meet with groups of enthusiastic health practitioners who want to learn and increase their knowledge of perinatal mental health. We were in Howey and the weather was wet and cold, but inside the village hall it was cosy. Both groups interacted […]

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CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE IN WALES

I was invited by the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) to represent them at the CYPE Committee. The meeting was in Committee Room at the Senedd Cardiff. I have not been to a Committee meeting before, so was uncertain what to expect.  It was ‘interesting’ with big desks between the four of us to be […]

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FREELANCE JOURNALIST – PATERNAL DEPRESSION

I received an interesting question about the links between alcohol consumption, substance misuse and marital violence and paternal depression.  Although there is anecdotal evidence – fathers talking with Mark and myself – there appears very little in the literature.  I have spent several hours – about 20 in all, searching through research papers.  Although there […]

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MEETING IN THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

In mid-April, Mark Williams, and I met with Rob Flello MP and Lloyd Brown for a roundtable on paternal postnatal depression. There was an excellent turnout with about 15 interested parties around the table to discuss the most recent evidence regarding postnatal depression and mental health problems in men following the birth of a child. […]

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LAST WORD

I have just completed writing ‘The Last Word’, the quarterly column I write of the Journal of Health Visiting.  As perinatal mental health seems to have been in the news recently I thought I would concentrate on this.  It is usually tough coming up with 1,000 words – but not this time!

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