On June 8 and 9, Selina Moore (Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner/Occupational Therapist); the Little Bluebell team; friends and women who have benefited from their service will be walking 54km together along the John Musgrove Trail. The hope is that by walking together, side by side, they can raise awareness of maternal mental health and raise funds to support the services Little Bluebell provide. We want Mums who may be struggling to know that they are not alone and there is help and support for them.
Little Bluebell Torbay is funded by the Little Something Fund and Comic Relief and is part of the Bristol-based charity Bluebell Care.
Without the access to charitable funds at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Little Bluebells wouldn’t have been able to provide its vital group programme. They offer support to women who may be struggling with their emotional well-being in pregnancy, birth and beyond. The birth of a child can provoke great change. Life turns upside down for a while and with this transition some women may struggle with feelings associated with anxiety and low mood. Women can feel overwhelmed, sad, lonely and frustrated at a time where they believe they should feel happy and euphoric.
Little Bluebell offers a free service to Mums and their families in the South hams and Torbay area. This consists of 1:1 support from a ‘buddy’ - a woman who has lived experience of maternal mental health struggles - and an 11-week therapeutic group programme, held at a local children’s centre that provides a free crèche provision. The charity believes it is important for mothers to have important ‘me’ time so they can have the space they need to focus on themselves and their emotional needs. This provision is for mums who may be finding life stressful and identify as having ante-natal or post-natal depression and/or anxiety.