Parents or carers with mental health issues

Bexley Parentcare is a new joint initiative between the NHS in Bexley, Bexley council, and local community and voluntary groups that work specifically with parents and carers of children aged 0-18 years. It has been created in response to suggestions from parents and carers, who said Bexley needs a single hub where parents and carers can find out about local services and resources that support Bexley’s parents and carers.

An overview of Bexley Parentcare is set out in the leaflet below:

Parentcare Leaflet Feb 2020.pdf

The directory of services supporting parents with their mental health and well-being can be found here:

Bexley Parentcare Directory of Services

As part of the follow-up activity for the partnership’s work on parental mental health, we have produced ‘Stories from the Heart and Mind’. This is a collection of stories and key messages from parents with mental health difficulties. These stories have been collated to help publicise the Bexley Parentcare directory of services (see above) and to help parents understand they are not alone in what they might be experiencing and that ‘it is ok’ to ask for help. The stories can be downloaded below:

Stories from the heart and mind.pdf

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust launched a new trust wide perinatal mental health service in 2019:

http://oxleas.nhs.uk/services/service/perinatal-mental-health-service/

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