Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind has been working with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital Maternity Services since July 2016, to provide timely access to care and treatment for women in Bromley, experiencing severe mental illness during pregnancy and the first year after childbirth (the perinatal period).
At an awards event held at Charlton Athletic Football Club on Wednesday 14th March 2018, the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team was presented the Team of the Year Award, in recognition of their dedication, cross-sector, multi-agency work to support local women.
The Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team provides specialist support to help women at high risk of mental illness avoid relapse and reduce hospital admissions. This includes women with previous post-partum psychosis, other psychoses, bipolar affective disorder and serious depressive illness.
Jackie Hufford is the Perinatal Support Coordinator at Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, part of the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team. Jackie works with women, their families and other professionals, offering women individual support to manage their mental health and general wellbeing, childcare and finding other relevant support.
Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind also runs Peer Support groups where women with similar experiences using the Bromley Perinatal Mental Health service can meet, share, support and learn from each other.
Since July 2016, Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind has supported 80 pregnant women and new mothers.
To access Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Support, pregnant women and new mothers living in Bromley borough, at risk of severe mental illness can be referred to the Oxleas NHS Bromley Perinatal Mental Health Team by health and social care professionals.