Bipolar and Pregnancy: what are the options?

Bipolar & pregnancy workshop Sept 2013Bipolar UK and APP staged a ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth Workshop’ for women with bipolar on September 20th.

More than two dozen women and two husbands attended the workshop held at the charity’s headquarters in Victoria, London, to discuss the often difficult decisions women with bipolar face when considering pregnancy.

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Pregnancy support group is NHS first for Cornwall

Great news for women in the South West: Cornwall gets its first perinatal mental health service - read this piece by Esmé Ashcroft in local paper The West Briton.

Anthony Harrison, The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust
Anthony Harrison, founder of The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, at the launch of the new perinatal mental health service at Truro Health Park

Pregnancy support group is NHS first for Cornwall

CORNWALL'S first mental health service aimed at helping women before, during and after pregnancy was launched on Monday thanks to support from a local charity.

With the help of the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launched the county's first perinatal mental health team to help women across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The new service supports women who have had previous experience or newly developed moderate to severe mental health needs, during and after pregnancy.

The perinatal mental health team aims to speed up the diagnosis of mental instability so women can be given support and help as early as possible.

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Bipolar UK’s Women, Pregnancy & Childbirth Workshop

BipolarUK_Logo_Colour_JPG High ResAre you a woman with bipolar, or concerned about the potential of bipolar, who would like more information about pregnancy and childbirth?

Bipolar UK Chair of Trustees Clare Dolman (who has bipolar and is a mother of two) and perinatal psychiatrist Professor Ian Jones invite you to join them at Bipolar UK’s Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth Workshop to discuss the choices facing women with bipolar who are thinking about pregnancy.

Date: Friday 20 September 2013
Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Attendance is free as the workshop is being supported by Bipolar UK and Cardiff University. Our experience is that these workshops are very popular. If after confirming your place you are unable to attend please let us know and we will be able to offer the availability to another. We will be seeking a late cancellation charge of £20 for anyone not attending on the day and not informing us by Sunday 15 September.

Places are limited, so please confirm your attendance with Sally Roberts on sroberts@bipolaruk.org.uk or 020 7931 6480.

 

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APP Attend SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit

APP were well-represented at the SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit in London this month.Sapphire_summit

Trustee Clare Dolman and member Ceri Rose manned the APP stall and its neighbour promoting the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.  Both organisations attracted interest from many of the 400 delegates who were gathered at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, to discuss the impact of stigma and discrimination in mental health.

Recorded excerpts from the Radio 4 documentary ‘Unravelling Eve’ (involving several APP members) were also played at the Summit, which was also attended by project artist Joan Molloy.

 

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Comic Relief Funding for Maternal Mental Health Campaign

comic relief logoComic Relief has awarded the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) £250k to run a Maternal Mental Health Campaign over three years.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of thirty UK organisations committed to better mental health & wellbeing for women & their children in pregnancy & the first postnatal year, in order to improve long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers & children.

This funding is a result of work undertaken earlier this year to develop a Theory of Change for the campaign and the coming together of our organisations to harness our collective strength. Action on Postpartum Psychosis will act as official host / applicant.

This is wonderful news, not only does this provide necessary resources; it also highlights the huge importance of Maternal Mental Health in general. THANK YOU Comic Relief!!

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SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit

APP will have a promotional stall at a major mental health conference next week: the SAPPHIRE Stigma Summit (research programme on stigma and discrimination in mental health) held in London on Thursday, July 4th.

Health Minister Norman Lamb, Charles Walker MP and Frank Bruno are among the guest speakers at the summit, the theme of which is "Sharing Stories to Stop Stigma'.

Tickets are still available (only £10 for service users), see the website for details www.sapphire.iop.kcl.ac.uk

Click to view & download event flyer>

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Can you help?

Royal College of General Practitioners
"Are you passionate about a particular aspect of clinical care that doesn't usually get a look in ? Do you want to help improve the quality of patient care in that area ? If so, CIRC (Clinical Innovation and Research Centre) wants to hear from you."

Each year the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) chooses four clinical areas and supports efforts to raise the profile and awareness of these areas both within general practice and across primary care as a whole. The RCGP also works in partnership with key decision-makers and opinion-formers in each area on projects that seek to improve both the quality of care provided and patient outcomes. Click here for further details

We're supporting a bid to the RCGP to get “Perinatal Mental Health” accepted as one of their clinical priorities for 2014-17.

For this we
 need to collect as many letters of support as possible from individuals and organisations explaining why important for GPs to receive specific training in perinatal mental health.

If you can help support this bid by writing a letter Click here to download the letter template

The application deadline is 31st May so we’d be very grateful for responses as soon as possible. Please email all completed letters to judy.shakespeare@virginmedia.com
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Perinatal Mental Health; The National Training Course 2013

 

Preventing suffering in this generation
& the next

20 and 21 June 2013

Winchester Cathedral, UK 

                • Carefully planned comprehensive course
                • national expert speakers
                • great networking opportunity
                • wonderful venue and location

For more details contact: Sue Wallis coursescentre@gmail.com

Click here to download the full programme

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APP Nominated as Sotheby's 2013 Charity

Sotheby'sFrom Friday 26th July, 2013 Sotheby's staff are to hold their Annual Staff Exhibition where the public can view and buy artwork created by members of Sotheby’s staff. The exhibition will continue, thereafter for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm, at Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA

We are delighted to announce that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity. 

This wonderful support for APP is undertaken in memory of a well - loved colleague: Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (Alice Gibson-Watt) who, sadly, died recently. May we encourage you all to visit  this wonderful exhibition during the 2 weeks it is showing this summer? .... perhaps buy reasonably priced artwork ? ... or, if this is not possible, perhaps buy a beautifully produced 2013 Staff Exhibition sale catalogue from Sotheby’s, in which you will also find brief details of APP's work?

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Anti-stigma campaign shows drop in discrimination against people with mental health problems

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown there has been an 11.5% reduction in average levels of discrimination.

Led by King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), the study of England’s Time to Change anti-stigma programme (run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) provides the first evidence that it is possible to change the way the public treat people with mental health problems, but that a long term focus is needed to ensure that discrimination is removed from all areas of people’s lives. 

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