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Wednesday 22 November 2017
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‘Maternal mental health’ is the focus of Derby family fun day

The Beeches family fun day organisers
The Beeches health professionals and organisers of the 'Maternal mental health' fun day (from left to right) Alison Harrison, Nursery Nurse; Marcia Graham, Health Care Assistant; Matthew Houghton, Registered Nurse; Shelley Brough, Lead Nurse; Becky Whibberley, Registered Nurse; and Dr Rahul Gandi, Consultant Psychiatrist.

New and expectant mothers experiencing mental ill health are hoping to benefit from additional therapeutic activities to improve their recovery, thanks to a charity family fun day being held in the city this May.

Staff and former patients from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s award-winning specialist mother and baby mental health unit, The Beeches – based at the Radbourne Unit in Derby – are voluntarily hosting the event in a bid to raise funds to further enhance the delivery of patient care on the ward, whilst celebrating the recovery of mums that have accessed the service.

The fun day, which is being held in conjunction with Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, will take place on Sunday 7 May 2017 from 11am - 2pm at Mickleover Pavilion, Vicarage Road in Mickleover, Derby (DE3 0HA).

A wealth of activities will be available for all the family to enjoy including face painting, children’s ‘second time around’ clothes and toy stalls, books and crafts stalls, a raffle and chocolate tombola, tea and cake, plus much more. Everyone is invited to attend – just turn up on the day.

Shelley Brough, Lead Nurse at The Beeches, is organising the day with other colleagues from the unit. She said: “This years’ national Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week campaign focuses on the importance of raising awareness of the help and support available for perinatal mental health problems.

“Maternal mental health matters, and our family fun day will display that by increasing understanding about perinatal illnesses and reducing the associated stigma in existence across our community. We will also take the opportunity to give others hope by celebrating some of the really positive recovery stories of the mothers we have worked alongside. 

“Furthermore, we intend to raise money to support ward activities including the development of our weekly ‘open lounge’ – held each Sunday to promote inclusion and the importance of a supportive family network.” 

With only 14 other units of its kind in England, The Beeches is a nationally accredited self-contained specialised inpatient unit based at the Radbourne Unit, on the Royal Derby Hospital site. The unit accommodates up to six mothers with their babies who are at risk of or experiencing mental health issues, such as severe postnatal depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, either antenatally or postnatally.