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Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Third Sector Service Directory
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This directory lists organisations across Scotland who currently offer perinatal and infant mental health support. This information has been provided by the listed organisations themselves and therefore Inspiring Scotland cannot be held responsible for: information found to be incorrect or for any of the services offered. Please note: This list is not exhaustive and there may be other services available in your location. To have your service listed in this directory, please click here. To have your services updated/removed from the list, please contact PIMHenquiries@inspiringscotland.org.uk. (Directory last updated: April 2020).

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Name: 3D Drumchapel
Service: Practical Support and Online/ Telephone Parent & Child Sessions
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Online sessions including parent & child sessions, family disco, peer support groups, daily bedtime story, activity ideas etc. Telephone support – regular phonecall offering emotional support. Practical support – food, baby food, formula, nappies, children’s preloved clothing and goods. Only available to families in Drumchapel, Knightswood and Yoker

Name: Aberlour Child Care Trust
Service: Virtual Perinatal Befriending Support
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Forth Valley, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

As a mother or mother to be, you will be matched with a highly trained Volunteer Perinatal Befriender, or member of staff who will offer regular, emotional support via telephone or digitally, the choice is yours.

The service, based in East Lothian and Forth Valley supports women through pregnancy up until baby’s first birthday, helping to improve parents’ mental health, reduce social isolation and promote healthy attachments between baby and parents.

We are currently running weekly online Caring Cafes.  Facilitated by our Perinatal Coordinators these drop in sessions offer women supported by our service the opportunity to connect with other mother-to-be/ mothers and their babies.

We are also offering support with delivering shopping and pharmacy items to families who are self-isolating and with making applications to Aberlours’ Urgent Assistance Fund.

Name: Aching Arms
Service: Email/ Telephone Support and Comfort Bears for Bereaved Parents
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

At Aching Arms we primarily offer comfort bears which are gifted from one bereaved family to another in the hope that parents feel less alone. At this current time we are also offering email and telephone support to anyone who would like to speak to someone who has been where they are. We are predominantly bereaved parents at Aching Arms and know the impact and comfort of speaking to another bereaved parent. Please contact us, you don’t have to go through this alone.

Name: Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Service: Online/ Video Peer Support for Postpartum Psychosis
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Online Peer Support is offered either on a moderated online forum, or via a matched one to one messaging service with a trained volunteer.

Name: Amina Muslim Womens Resource Center
Service: Telephone Helpline, Befriending for BME and Muslim Scots
Type: Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian, Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Amina MWRC has a Telephone Helpline service which is a safe, anonymous and confidential and supports Scottish BME women and Muslim women. We offer a telephone befriending support service to reduce social isolation, we encourage new referrals. We provide services in: Urdu, Punjabi as well as Signposting services & a listening ear.

Name: Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
Service: Email and Telephone Helpline for Pregnancy
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our small professional helpline team can provide information and support to parents through antenatal screening and its consequences. The team is skilled at containing contacts who have had unexpected or difficult news about their baby’s development. We provide specialised help when a prenatal diagnosis of a genetic or structural condition is made. We aim to help parents gather all the information and support they need to make the individual decisions that are right for them. ARC also helps parents cope with the consequences of their decisions.

Name: Ayrshire Sands
Service: Online Bereavement Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Ayrshire & Arran
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We currently offer on line support to bereaved families following the loss of a baby

Name: Baby Loss Retreat
Service: Online/ Telephone Support for Babyloss
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Ayrshire & Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We are a charity who support parents during the emotional and physiological effects of Baby Loss. This is through 1 to 1 service and other services, which is limited just now due to the virus. We still provide online counselling and telephone calls 7 days a week. We understand the added pressures of the situation at the moment and want to reach out to all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins etc. The number to call is: 01236 600417

Name: Barnardo’s Scotland
Service: Practical and Online Family support
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our family support service in Inverclyde and Renfrewshire offers practical and emotional support to parents pre and post birth. Self referral accepted as well as referrals from SW / SNIPS / FNP / & other agencies

Name: Blank Canvas
Service: Creative Online Peer Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We provide creative prompts to encourage mums who are struggling with their mental health, promoting self care and wellbeing. It’s a community of mums sharing their creative experiences both during pregnancy and in the postnatal period.

Name: Bliss
Service: Email Support for Premature or Sick Babies
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our email support service is here to help parents and families of premature and sick babies. Our trained staff are here to listen to your concerns and help you find the information you need. We understand that the experience of being on a neonatal unit can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful. If you are a parent, grandparent, relative or friend please get in touch with your query or concern. Email us at: hello@bliss.org.uk any time of the day and we’ll get back to you within 3 – 5 working days with information and support to help you through your neonatal journey.

Name: Breast Buddies Peer Support
Service: Text Message/ Online Support/ Telephone/ Video Call Support for New Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

You will be matched with a trained peer supporter (who has breastfed their own children and received training to support others) who will contact you by text message initially. You can ask any questions, find information and receive support at anytime to help you through any challenges you may face while feeding and caring for your baby. We can provide support, information and encouragement to work through challenges faced by new parents such as sleep, responsive feeding, starting solids etc.

Name: Bump Start – Stepping Stones North Edinburgh
Service: Telephone support for pregnant & new parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Bump Start is a support service for pregnant women and their partners living in the North East and North West of Edinburgh. The focus is to prepare women for pregnancy and parenthood and to feel confident to make positive choices for themselves and their families. Bump Start has two components: Parenting Coordinators and Pregnancy Cafe. The parenting coordinators work one to one with women and agree on what support needs the pregnant woman has and how we can help them achieve them. The pregnancy cafes are informal with an educational input to support pregnancy and parenting.

Name: COPE Scotland
Service: Online Solution Focused Interventions and Tools To Manage Life Challenges
Type: Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Solution focused intervention, stress management, skills and tools for self management.
We offer direct support to anyone aged over 16 who lives in West Glasgow who is experiencing distress as a result of a life challenge, this includes parents but we are not specifically a parents service. At the moment we are offering phone support due to social distancing by qualified health professionals, full details are on our website. Information on our website can be accessed by anyone anywhere and contains useful tools to help manage stress and life challenges

Name: CrossReach Perinatal Services
Service: Face to Face Counselling
Type: Parenting Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

If you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, low self esteem or any other negative feelings before or after having a baby, we’re here to support you. Our specially trained perinatal counsellors and therapists are experienced, compassionate and without judgement.¬† Appointments are usually weekly and last between 50 to 60 minutes. We’ll discuss the day, time and frequency of these sessions with you when we first meet.¬† We’ll also consider different types of support that might suit you, from one-to-one psychotherapy or couples counselling, to perinatal relaxation, art therapy and infant massage. We also offer Women’s Therapy Groups, Fathers’ Groups and Family Therapy, as we recognise that perinatal difficulties can affect the whole family.¬† There’s no fixed charge for using our perinatal services, but we do ask for a weekly donation for your counselling or therapy at whatever level you can afford.¬† Free creche:¬† If requested in advance, we can provide a free creche where you can safely leave children of any age while you attend your appointment.¬† You’re in safe hands.¬† Our infant massage support sessions are run by health professionals and senior cr√®che workers trained with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).

Name: Dads Rock
Service: Online Antenatal Workshops for Parents
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

We’re running monthly free antenatal workshops for dads and mums. They last for 2 hours in the evening, via zoom.

Name: Dads Rock
Service: Young Dads Support
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Ongoing 1:1 support for young dads aged 30 or under. Dad’s will have a support worker who will help with a range of parenting issues. The aim being to build confidence and resilience.

Name: East Lothian PANDAS
Service: Telephone/ Email/ Online Support for Pregnancy/ New Mums
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A peer support service for pregnant women and women who have babies/ toddlers who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression. At the moment this takes the form of fortnightly Zoom calls and and telephone or email support if required.

Name: Family Mediation Central Scotland
Service: Telephone/Online one-to one or family support
Type: Other Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Parenting Support Service – assistance in managing arrangements for contact for your baby with their other parent when you do not live together. Conflict management, indirect Digital Post Box Service under present restrictions, face-to-face supervised contact under normal circumstances.

Name: Fathers Network Scotland
Service: Online/SMS/WhatsApp support for families and training support to health professionals
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Fathers Network Scotland offer training and support to health professionals, local authorities and service providers across Scotland to help them better engage with dads. Much of our work is focused on supporting dads during the perinatal phase, with a particular focus on paternal mental health. We also provide a lot of communications and support for dads and families across Scotland via our popular social media channels, our SMS information sharing service for new dads and our WhatsApp group for dads. In addition to this, we hold a directory of dad-friendly services on our website and provide signposting to organisations nearby for dads who are looking for support.

– SMS service: Would you like to receive support and advice straight to your mobile? We have a new dads’ text messaging service, which you can subscribe to. All messages to and from the number are completely free. Text DADS to 078600 65202 to subscribe.

– WhatsApp service: Did you know that Fathers Network Scotland has a WhatsApp group for dads? Please come and say ‘hi’! You’ll find us here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/DSvNPRsWdS67zmwTABfkFW
– Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FathersNetworkScotland/
– Twitter – https://twitter.com/FathersNetScot
– Website: www.fathersnetwork.org.uk

Name: Fife Gingerbread
Service: Online & Telephone Support for Young Parents
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The Fife Teen Parent Project at Fife Gingerbread: we support young parents under 20 years and we are currently doing this through social media groups and telephone. We can offer support and advice and connect parents for peer support. We also can support parents to connect with the services they need at a time that they need it. We offer an Emotional Support Service.

Name: Fife Sands
Service: Online Group Support, Befrienders for Babyloss
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Fife Sands supports families who experience the death of a baby, either before, during or shortly after birth. We could offer peer support for those experiencing pregnancy after loss (stillbirth and neonatal death)

Name: Forth Valley Sands
Service: Telephone/ Online Befrienders for Bereaved Parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Telephone or face to face support from a trained Befriender, who is themselves a bereaved parent.

Name: Glasgow South PANDAS Support Group
Service: Online Peer Support for Parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A safe space to talk about the struggles of parenthood with non judgemental friendly people. We will be running regular video calls instead of the face to face group meetings at the moment

Name: Held In Our Hearts
Service: Phone/ Text/ Online Befriending/ Counselling for Bereaved Parents
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Fife, Forth Valley, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer support – a befriender is a bereaved parent who can offer support via phone, email, text or zoom. This can be arranged between yourself and befriender and is free and open ended. Counselling – open ended and free to bereaved parents who feel stuck in their grief or need extra support. Once a week for an hour via telephone or facetime or zoom. Group support is a weekly zoom meeting for anyone bereaved every Monday at 8pm. We also offer trauma support (complex PTSD). Email: info@heldinourhearts.org.uk

Name: Home Link Family Support
Service: Online/ Telephone Family Support
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home Link Family Support offers early learning, play, parenting, practical and emotional support to families with children under 5 in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Name: Home Start East Highland
Service: Online/ Phone Family and Child Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Highland
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Families are matched with trained and committed staff and/or volunteers that will provide practical support to help you and your family face the challenges of parenting and sustaining a family in difficult circumstances. We provide additional support regarding: ASN, Domestic abuse, Advocacy, Multiple births, Befriending, Substance misuse, Lone parenting, Mental health concerns, Social isolation, Access to services, Child protection register, Post-natal depression, Learning disabilities, Teenage pregnancy, Tenancy sustainment, Household budgeting, Crisis management.

Name: Home Start Edinburgh West and South West
Service: Online Baby Peer Group
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

An online group aimed at building relationships (parent/ carer and child, as well as with peers) through talk, play, stories and songs. Meet, chat and play online. Get some ideas and give them a try. See referrals accepted but referrals from midwife/ health visitor will receive priority.

Name: Home Start MAJIK
Service: Digital/Phone/Practical Support for Families with at least one child under 5yrs
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Highland
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

* COVID 19 Adjustments to service: We have paused all face to face work but continue to work with families digitally and can accept both self referrals and referrals from practitioners. We are currently developing online classes*
Home-Start MAJIK provides weekly home visiting support from support workers and trained volunteers to families with at least one child under 5. We offer practical and emotional support. This can be: listening, signposting to local services/ resources, accompany to appointments, help with routines, guidance, peer support. We also run several family groups throughout Mid Argyll, Kintyre, Cowal and Bute, including walking groups and play sessions. The groups provide a range of activities for parent/ child in a safe and welcoming environment such as: arts/ crafts, storytelling, music, outdoor activities and guest speakers. Our 0-3 programme offers support to parents on a one to one basis with infant connection and parenting and is delivered by MAJIK support workers.

Name: Home-Start Aberdeen
Service: Practical and emotional support for parents and families
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Families will be matched with a trained volunteer who will provide practical and emotional support, individually tailored to meet each family’s needs.¬† Our volunteers visit families in their own homes, usually once a week and are there for families for as long as they need us. We work with the whole family, helping parents gain the skills and confidence they need to develop and maintain a warm and secure relationship with their children, and to meet their physical, emotional and developmental needs. ¬† ¬†

Name: Home-Start Caithness
Service: Online/Telephone/Practical family support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Highland
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We recruit, select and train volunteers, who have parenting skills themselves, to provide a home-visiting service to families. The volunteers provide confidential, non-judgmental, practical and emotional support to help families deal with a range of difficulties from isolation, loneliness, poor mental health, disability, separation, low income and the associated stresses or who just want a little bit of support with their parenting skills. Our Family Support worker and Family co-ordinator also support individual families. During the Covid-19 pandemic we are supporting families by text messaging, phone and video calls, as home-visiting is not possible. Group support. Parenting classes for fathers.

Name: Home-Start Clackmannanshire
Service: Emotional and Practical Support for Families
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer Support Service – matched to a trained family support volunteers offer emotional and practical support. Family Support Co-ordinators also provide a support service especially where a Volunteer is not an appropriate support mechanism for the family

Name: Home-Start Dundee
Service: Online Peer Support for Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

At the moment due to Covid-19 all our support services are done by: phone calls, video links and text. To support parents and carers in their individual parenting journeys, we have a wide range of services available: online live chats with Breast Buddies coordinator Jill, ongoing video links to healthy eating recipes with our oral health coordinator Sarah, Zoom video group links with Garry our Dads coordinator and individual daily contact with Ash our family coordinator and Estelle our young parent coordinator/ group worker. Fiona our administrator is working daily to ensure all new referrals reach the correct coordinator. We also have a volunteer development coordinator, Sheila, if anyone would like to request an application pack to become a volunteer and our manager Alison can also provide support with all the above and give direction and support where needed most.

Name: Home-Start East Fife
Service: Phone Support for Families
Type: Other Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start East Fife normally matches trained volunteers with families, volunteers then visit families in their home to provide practical and emotional support. At the current time face to face support is suspended and families are being supported by phone. We accept self referrals as well as referrals from other professionals.

Name: Home-Start East Lothian
Service: Telephone/ Online Video Support, Parent Befriending and Breastfeeding Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer support – new referrals are being supported by staff members until safe to be matched with a trained volunteer. A weekly telephone call and more, if necessary, to help you at this worrying time.
Parenting Support: Breastfeeding support by online video weekly- sign up to join and have a chat, sit and listen. Availability for 1:1 support if required.
Parenting Support: 2 be a Dad – a short set of sessions to help you support your child during this exciting time of your lives. Delivered online during this time.

Name: Home-Start Edinburgh West and South West
Service: Online/ Text/ Telehone Parent Befrienders
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

You will be matched with a trained and committed parent befriender, either a volunteer or member of staff, who will support you in a way to suit you, eg a weekly call, text, WhatsApp, email or video call, with listening support, encouragement, and ideas. Health visitor and midwife referrals will be prioritised but self referrals also accepted.

Name: Home-Start Garioch
Service: Online/ Phone Support for New Mums
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We match the mum to a home visiting volunteer to provide one to one support, practical and or emotional. We can make a referral to our volunteer counsellor. We can make a referral to a perinatal mental health peer support group held within our building. We deliver the mellow bumps programme.

Name: Home-Start Glasgow North and North Lanarkshire
Service: Online/ Telephone Support for Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

You will be offered online telephone contact from either a member of staff or trained volunteer providing emotional support, a listening ear and appropriate signposting if required.

Name: Home-Start Glasgow South
Service: Group Support Online/ Telephone
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Dads & Weans – Supporting Dads in the earliest stages of parenting. This group takes a peer-to-peer approach bringing dads together in a safe environment, supporting them to feel safe to share their parenting experiences and challenges. Dad Workers and other dads are able to support one another to overcome these challenges while providing friendship and reducing isolation.

Name: Home-Start Glasgow South
Service: Online/ Telephone Befrienders for Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Peer Support – You will be matched with a trained volunteer befriender or staff member who will provide holistic support aiming to improve emotional wellbeing and reduce isolation. Support is flexible and can be adapted to meet your needs. Referrals accepted

Name: Home-Start Glasgow South
Service: Intensive Virtual Support by a Family Support Worker
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Intensive Support – A Family Support Worker will provide intensive support for families already working with Social Work, Health and Education who have identified the need for more intensive support during the perinatal and antenatal period. Please note this service does not accept direct referrals and will only accept referrals through a midwife or Health Visitor, Social Work, Health and Education

Name: Home-Start Glasgow South
Service: Dads Antenatal Support Online/ Telephone
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Dads Antenatal Workshops are designed for Dads and partners to get the most out of the time leading up to becoming a parent. Starting the bonding process while baby is in the womb, we use Solihull principles and NHS antenatal information to nurture more engaged and interactive partners. This support is for the benefit of the whole family.

Name: Home-Start Levenmouth
Service: Perinatal Support Group/Home-Visiting Volunteers/Telephone Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Fife
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We provide support throughout Perinatal Period and beyond through our Home-Visiting Volunteers and Groups.

Name: Home-Start Orkney
Service: Telephone Parent Befrienders
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Orkney
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Parents are matched with a trained volunteer befriender, who will provide weekly calls (in place of visits due to coronavirus restrictions) offering support and friendship for as long as it is needed.

Name: Home-Start Perth
Service: Virtual Peer Support for Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Tayside
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Perth provide support for families experiencing the difficulties in bringing up children under the age of 5. Trained volunteers are currently providing emotional support and practical advice over the telephone.

Name: Home-Start Renfrewshire and Inverclyde
Service: Parent Befrienders (Currently Online/ Telephone)
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer a 1:1 home-visiting service for parents experiencing perinatal mental health problems between pre-birth and 5 years of age. Parent(s) receive a dedicated and fully-trained home visiting volunteer, who is matched with a family, and visits for 2-3 hours / week for a period of an average of 9-12 months. This volunteer will work alongside the family to address the issues, identified by the parent(s), which are having the greatest negative impact on both parents and where applicable their babies. We have 30 volunteers trained in perinatal mood disorder awareness training in Inverclyde by Bluebell, with more scheduled to receive awareness and counselling training in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. Families also receive support from one of our Family Support Coordinators, FSCs, for families experiencing issues including; child protection, domestic abuse homelessness, poor housing, poor finances, domestic abuse and substance misuse. Mental health issues, including perinatal mental health, are a significant area of support for our families and this will involve supporting mothers to access mental health supports. These have included counselling services such as offered by Mind Mosaic, Bluebell, and RAMH, with whom we have positive working relationship, or with the Talk it Over support group in Paisley.

Name: Home-Start Stirling
Service: Online/ Phone Parent Befrienders
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Stirling provides support to families in the Stirling area who have young children and are experiencing challenging times. At present we offer a weekly call (phone or video) to provide emotional support and can offer doorstep support for families that are self-isolating who require essentials such as food, prescriptions etc. Anyone can refer themselves or another to the services.

Name: Home-Start Wigtownshire
Service: Home Visiting/ Family Groups (currently Virtual)
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Dumfries & Galloway
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Home-Start Wigtownshire provides weekly home visiting support from support workers and trained volunteers to families with at least one child under 5. We offer practical and emotional support. This can be: listening, signposting to local services/ resources, accompany to appointments, help with routines, guidance, peer support. We also run 5 family groups throughout Wigtownshire, including a Dads Group. The groups are facilitated by a project worker and volunteers also help. The groups provide a range of activities for parent/ child in a safe and welcoming environment such as: arts/ crafts, storytelling, music, outdoor activities and guest speakers. The project worker can also liaise with other agencies on behalf of the parent.

Name: Home-Start: Fife and Forth Valley
Service: Online/ Phone Parent Befrienders
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Fife, Forth Valley
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Help with breastfeeding and nutrition, mental health and childhood development.
You will be matched for 6 months to a year (or longer if you need it) to a parent befriender who will give you practical and emotional support. During Covid-19 this support will be virtual. We also run breastfeeding and nutrition groups, cooking groups and other toddler/ baby groups including Bookbugs and Stay & Play.

Name: Juno
Service: Online perinatal mental health and birth trauma peer support groups
Type: Peer Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer a safe, non judgemental space to access peer support, advice and information through weekly peer support groups and a monthly birth and perinatal trauma support group. Our main aim as Juno is to help mums with perinatal mental health difficulties know that they are not alone in how they feel and that what they feel is indeed a very real experience.
Online Juno peer support due to Covid-19:  We are now offering our peer support in an online capacity using Zoom during the coronavirus physical distancing measures.  Zoom is a video calling app a bit like Skype but it works really well for groups. We will commence these sessions on May the 4th 2020.  There will be two sessions weekly; Monday evening from 8-9pm and Friday afternoon from 1-2pm.  Please email us on juno.enquiries@gmail.com to access the meeting links.

Name: LATNEM – Let’s All Talk North East Mums
Service: Online Video Conference Meetings and Chat Group for Mums
Type: Peer Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our peer support service for mums is a weekly (virtual) meeting hosted by the founders of LATNEM. Additionally there is a private Facebook chat group.

Name: Mellow Parenting
Service: Online Practitioner Training and Support
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal:
Cost: Paid for service

Description:

Our online service helps support practitioners who are supporting families. We offer reflective consultation to practitioners. We don’t deliver directly to parents themselves. Training amounts vary in price. Reflective Consultation is free.

Name: Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow
Service: Signposting and Mental Health Rights Advice
Type: Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We can signpost to appropriate HSCP and 3rd Sector mental health and support services. We can support people to develop advance statements and wellness plans as well as explain the mental health treatment process.

Name: Merry Go Round
Service: Telephone/ Online Support for Mums
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

Peer support: We have an online group called Mum’s the Word which is a peer support space for mums. Parenting Support: we have a Breastfeeding support group run by a NCT feeding councillor who can give one to one support as well as social support to mums and mums to be. Other: We have 2 music classes which allow parents and their children to join us online for some virtual sing a long sessions to help reduce the feelings of isolation. All our events, classes and support groups are being delivered online

Name: MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy
Service: Telephone/ Video Link Counselling for New Parents
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

We offer a variety of counselling modalities (CBT, Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Integrative Counselling and Trauma Therapy) to men and woman in the perinatal period, from pregnancy until the child is 2 years of age. We are offering this service by telephone or by video link. We are also providing regular mindfulness meditations on our YouTube channel. Self referral accepted and also referral from other professional e.g. Midwife, GP, Health Visitor, CPN

Name: Money Matters Money Advice Centre
Service: Telephone/ Email Advice for Money Queries
Type: Other Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We can offer phone and email welfare benefit and money advice for those with questions or worries.

Name: Multi-Cultural Family Base
Service: Online/phone/practical support to BAME families in the City of Edinburgh
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The Early Years Service at Multi-Cultural Family Base provides support to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) families with very young children who are in need.¬† Our staff, who are trained in Social Work, Infant Mental Health, Therapeutic skills, Baby massage… offer individual or group support to families with an emphasis on promoting good mental health through positive attachments, encouraging play, providing practical assistance where families are experiencing disadvantage and working alongside families and communities to promote social inclusion and equality.¬† We welcome self-referrals and referrals from our partners in health, social work and other voluntary agencies. Families may also receive a service from our Social Work student colleagues who are on placement with us. We do not provide interpreters, but some of us are bilingual in community languages, or can help you to access communication support.¬† Our service is free and open to those who are resident in the City of Edinburgh. ¬† ¬†

Name: Mummy Social
Service: Online support for Mums and Mums-To-Be
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our social media pages offer support, positivity, fun and cover the good, challenging and fun aspects of parenting. We usually offer the social side of this too as we understand that maternal loneliness is very real. We are looking into virtual socials to try and keep mums connected.

Name: National Childbirth Trust
Service: Breastfeeding Support (Peer Led)
Type: Peer Support
Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We run peer support led breastfeeding services in Lothian and Greater Glasgow and Clyde areas. This includes support groups as well as support on postnatal and neonatal wards.

Name: Nova Foundation
Service: Online Antenatal Classes
Type: Parenting Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Paid for service

Description:

An 8 hour antenatal course for parents pregnant after a loss to feel positive about birth and more prepared for their next stage of parenthood. For parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or loss of a child, our classes provide a safe, hopeful, reassuring space to feel less anxious about birth and beyond, through learning hypnobirthing and anxiety reduction techniques, and the practical parenting skills to help you feel confident in welcoming your rainbow baby home. Our classes are run by a babyloss Mum who wanted to provide tailored antenatal education for other babyloss parents. In addition to the usual antenatal topics we cover inductions, C-sections, interventions, mental wellbeing, managing grief and triggers and feeling prepared however birth unfolds. Nova understands that you may feel like you will never bring a baby home, and that when you do you will have no idea how to look after baby. We will gently guide you through the early days of life with a newborn such as safer sleep, baby item essentials, feeding (bottle and formula), how to burp and hold baby, managing your lack of sleep, nappy changing, bathing, early nurturing, remembering your baby who died and enjoying their sibling. This course is available at: £80

Name: Nurture the Borders
Service: Telephone/ Online Emotional and Practical Support for Pregnancy and Postnatal
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Borders
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free, Donation

Description:

Peer Support: You will be given regular one to one support from our trained volunteer mum befriends via telephone and video link. Perinatal Support Officers; One to one support from our team who are able to support you with a whole host of emotional and practical things such as managing anxiety or coping with a colicky baby. Our weekly live antenatal classes combine gentle movement, antenatal education and relaxation delivered via video link so you can participate from home. Our weekly Antenatal Support Group is run on a Thursday evening via live video link. This is a safe space to chat with other pregnant women, ask questions, share experiences and gain support from our perinatal support officers. Our weekly cuppa club is run on a Tuesday morning via live video link. This is a safe non judgemental space to chat with other women going through the perinatal period, share experiences and gain support, tips and advice from our perinatal support officers and volunteer mum befriends. Birth trauma therapy is a one to one therapy delivered via video link. This therapy uses the rewind technique to help lift difficult feelings that you maybe experiencing following a traumatic experience.

Name: Orkney Rape & Sexual Assault Service (ORSAS) SCIO
Service: Trauma Informed Emotional Support, Advocacy & Practical Support
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Orkney
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

ORSAS offers trauma informed emotional support, advocacy through legal and court process to anyone, regardless of gender, who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives and may become triggered by pregnancy and/or parenthood. We also support young people up to the age of 25 through our COMET+ project which provides sex education, positive relationship education and targeted prevention support to the most vulnerable in our community. (Young people with learning difficulties, looked after young people or other characteristics that may increase their vulnerability to child sexual exploitation , CSE).. We also provide Advocacy support to report through legal and court support

Name: Outside the Box
Service: Online/Telephone Peer Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Online information on women’s employment rights as well as practical and emotional support for women through maternity and on their return to work.

We are able to offer a safe, non judgemental space to share your experience of how you are being treated in the workplace during pregnancy, maternity, on return to work and sign post you to useful supports/resources and information.

Name: PaNDAS
Service: Peer support via online / e-mail / telephone for mums, dads and families
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We are there to offer help and support to parents and their networks who are struggling with perinatal mental health. We offer Peer support groups which offer a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other parents affected by perinatal mental illness. Our team of PaNDAS Support Group Leaders are on hand to provide information about local activities and services, whilst also offering support and advice.¬† We also have a helpline which is free from UK landlines and mobiles open Monday – Sunday 11am to 10pm. 08081961776. Manned by a team of trained volunteers who will be happy to chat to you and direct you to the right support.¬† We also have an e-mail support service. Info@pandasfoundation.org.uk. Available 365 days a year. We’ll respond within 72 hours. Please get in touch if you’d like any more information regarding perinatal mental illness or are looking for support for yourself or your partner, friend or colleague.¬† We also have closed Facebook groups for both mums and dads.

Name: PND and Me
Service: Online Peer Support
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

PND and Me is an online maternal mental health peer support network. With a weekly Twitter chat #PNDHour every Wednesday 8-9pm for peer support. Discussing topics from antenatal depression to having another baby after postnatal depression.

Name: PND Borders
Service: Telephone Counselling for New Parents and Parents-To-Be
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Borders
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

This telephone counselling service will offer a safe, non judgemental space to help pregnant women and parents cope with anxiety and postnatal depression. We support women mainly but also offer a service for fathers. Please note this service does not accept direct referrals and will only accept referrals through a midwife or health visitor

Name: Pop Up Pregnancy and Postnatal Support Scotland
Service: Online Peer and Expert Support for New Parents
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

A supportive, closed Facebook group for pregnant women and mothers with a child under 6 months, run by a team of perinatal experts including midwives, psychologists, mental health campaigners, women’s health specialists and physiotherapists, doulas, pediatric first aid trainers, antenatal class and postnatal class teachers, yoga and pilates teachers. This provides both peer and expert support for women at this time.

Name: Post Natal Illness: www.pni.org.uk
Service: One-To-One Email Support for Parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

We offer one to one email support with one of our volunteers who are mums who have suffered from post natal depression or illness. This support will be at your pace for as long as you need it.

Name: Post Natal Illness: www.pni.org.uk
Service: Online Support Forum for Parents
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

You can post how you are feeling on our Post Natal Illness forum and moderators and other users will reply with friendly non judgmental advice

Name: Pregnancy Counselling & Care (Scotland)
Service: Online Counselling for Pregnancy or New Parents
Type: Counselling / Psychological Support
Location: Lothian
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Donation

Description:

Our online counselling service is currently available to anyone who is currently pregnant or has recently given birth and is experiencing heightened anxiety or a crisis during this time. We are able to provide a limited number of sessions with one of our qualified counsellors normally within 1 week of referral.

Name: Remember My Baby
Service: Image Editing Service
Type: Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Whilst RMB *cannot* send volunteer photographers out, we are able to edit a small number of digital images. Parents should email digitalretoucher@remembermybaby.org.uk in the first instance to enquire.

Name: Sands
Service: Helpline for Babyloss
Type: Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

This telephone support service will offer anyone affected by baby loss the opportunity to talk about their experience, discuss practical needs around funerals and medical care, ask for advice around local support and how to make links with other bereaved parents. The Helpline is open during weekdays and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with extended hours during bank holidays and we encourage parents and anyone looking after them to get in touch.
Telephone bereavement support: you will speak to trained, specialized staff.
Join our moderated Online Community of bereaved parents.
Closed Facebook support group available to parents.
In some areas: local peer support groups run by trained befrienders.

Name: Scottish Cot Death Trust
Service: Online/ Phone Befriending and Counselling Support for Families
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

For families with a previous experience of the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child: Telephone and online contact with a dedicated support worker throughout pregnancy and for a year after baby is born. Includes provision of an infant breathing monitor (delivered via courier) and infant resuscitation training (online). Contact for as long as you need it, through weekly contact. Telephone and online counselling during and after pregnancy. Typically 8-12 weekly sessions but will be tailored to suit individuals’ needs. Telephone and online contact with befrienders for peer support. You will be matched with a family who lost a baby of a similar age and birth order. Online contact with peers who have previously enrolled on NISP. Next Infant Support Programme for families who have experienced SUDI: Parent and grandparent befrienders, telephone and online bereavement support, telephone and online counselling, online group support

Name: Scottish Cot Death Trust
Service: Online Support for those affected by Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)
Type: Peer Support, Counselling / Psychological Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our support services are designed for those affected by SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy). We offer help through outreach support and guidance, befriending, and counselling services. Support is tailored to the individual, whether they are a parent, grandparent, child/ sibling, or professional, and can be accessed at any time.

Name: Scottish Cot Death Trust
Service: Practical and Online Next Infant Support Programme
Type: Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Our Next Infant Support Programme is a specific support service for pregnant families who have direct experience of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy). We offer help through outreach support and guidance, befriending, and counselling services. Access to resources such as apnoea monitors and resus training can also be arranged. Ideally, enrollment on the programme should take place as early in the pregnancy as possible (12wk-26wks).

Name: SiMBA
Service: Virtual Support Groups for Babyloss
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide, Ayrshire & Arran, Borders, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Highland, Lothian, Western Isles
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Various weekly/ fortnightly support groups via zoom to support parents and immediate family after the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or after birth. Fortnightly men only group. Also a pregnant after the loss of a baby virtual meeting.

Name: Step by Step in Moray
Service: Online / Practical Family Support
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support
Location: Grampian
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Step by Step in Moray (SbyS) is a charity which supports families who feel isolated or vulnerable. We help them to develop friendships, confidence and skills which will enhance their lives and enable them to give their children the best start in life.

All services are provided free of charge and due to circumstances most of these services are currently being provided online:

Warm, welcoming, friendly, supported groups for parents and children from birth to 3 years. Age-appropriate play for babies & toddlers. Arts & crafts for keepsake treasures. A listening ear and help to build relationships. Individual support from our Family Workers when needed. A secure Facebook group for parents and staff to stay informed and in touch. Information on various health and wellbeing topics. Access to various donated items through collaborative partnerships. Signposting to other agencies and organisations

Name: The Association For Post Natal Illness
Service: Phone or Online Support for Postnatal Illness
Type: Parenting Support, Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

Charity Supporting anyone suffering from or affected by Post Natal Illness via our Helpline: 02073860868, by email or live via our online chat box available on our website.
www.apni.org
Mon-Fri: 10am-2pm

Name: The Breastfeeding Network
Service: National Breastfeeding Helpline
Type: Peer Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The National Breastfeeding Helpline is open 9.30am-9.30pm every single day of the year on 0300 100 0212. All calls are answered by volunteers in their own homes, all are mums who have breastfed and are trained and supported by The Breastfeeding Network and the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. We offer friendly, non judgemental, evidence based, confidential breastfeeding information, support and reassurance. If the line is busy, callers can leave a message and someone will phone them back. Mums can also contact us for support via webchat or by sending a message to our facebook page @Nationalbreastfeedinghelpline The National Breastfeeding Helpline is funded by Public Health England and the Scottish Government.

Name: The Breastfeeding Network
Service: Online BfN Drugs in Breastmilk Information Service
Type: Peer Support, Other Support
Location: Scotland Wide
Post/Antenatal: Antenatal, Postnatal
Cost: Free

Description:

The Breastfeeding Network’s Drugs in Breastmilk information service offered evidence based information on the safety of medication and treatments for breastfeeding mothers. Run by a small team of pharmacists and volunteers, there are a range of factsheets on the BfN website on topics including perinatal mental health and treatments for mental health issues as well as a wide range of other health issues. You can also contact the team direct via the facebook page @BfNDrugsinBreastmilkinformation, or by emailing druginformation@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk