Support Groups for Mums
Peer support for recovery from maternal mental health problems
Are you experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression? or another maternal mental health problem?
Or maybe you’re feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed?
Talking to other people who understand how you feel can really help.
Our groups are a safe and supportive place to meet other mums in Carlisle and North Cumbria going through a similar experience. Peer support can enhance any professional treatment you may be receiving, but not replace it.
What happens at the groups?
Our groups are peer-led, which means they're facilitated by trained volunteers who have experienced maternal mental health problems themselves.
The groups last 1 hour. The first 10-15 minutes is a chance for the group leaders to meet new members, while everyone gets a drink and settles in.
The way the group is run is decided by its members, and will change over time as new members join and others move on.
You can participate in the discussions as much or as little as feels right for you. Sometimes just listening to others is enough.
Who are the groups for?
We welcome any woman experiencing maternal mental health problems (such as low mood, anxiety, depression or postpartum psychosis) either during pregnancy or after birth. We don't just support women with "severe" illnesses: if you feel what we offer could help you, please get in touch.
You do not need to have been formally diagnosed, or even discussed this with your GP, midwife or Health Visitor (although we always recommend doing so if you feel able to).
Professionals, friends and family are welcome to join us for a drink at the start but we do ask that they leave for the main part of the session. This is to protect the peer-led ethos of the group.
Babies and young children are welcome to come with you.
Older children may be more aware of the nature of the discussions which is why we don't recommend bringing them with you to the group. But its up to you to decide what's appropriate for your child.
Our group facilitators have all experienced maternal mental health problems themselves and have a good understanding of how you might be feeling.
However, everybody's experience is different and we are not medical professionals. We are not able to diagnose, offer treatment or advice. Our role is to facilitate the group, which belongs to its members, allowing everyone to share their experiences and feel less isolated.
We're not able to offer support outside of the groups. If you are in crisis or feel you need to speak to someone now, call the Samaritans on 116 123