Family and carers
Although our service is primarily aimed to support women with perinatal mental health issues we are able to offer some advice and support to family members/carers. This may include informal support, a carer’s assessment or more specialist interventions. There are a number of useful resources for carers which are listed below:
Carers Support Dorset will work with you to find the support that’s right for you.
Carers UK information and advice on all aspects of caring and carers’ rights.
Crisp Web offer a range of support services to help carers, most of which are free to carers even if the person you support has to fund their own care.
DadPad app a free app for all new Dads living in Dorset.
Dads Net a place for fathers to access information and share their experiences.
Dorset Recovery Education Centre offers free courses, resources and podcasts about mental health and recovery. It is for service users, family members and staff.
Learning Disabilities offer guidence and resources when supporting with mental health.
MIND information service for matters relating to mental health, including a series of information leaflets which can be viewed online
Perinatal treatment resources for dads
Rethink information about mental health conditions and about living with mental illness.
Royal College of Psychiatrists information specifically for carers has been produced as part of their Partners in Care Campaign.
The Birth Trauma Association(BTA) is a charity supporting families following a traumatic birth experience
“My mum has a dodgy brain” (Devon Partnership NHS Trust). This is a film for children who have a parent with a mental health disorder:1
Dad and partners group
Ther Dorset Perinatal Partners Group is a relaxed, social group for the partners of women who have experienced emotional distress in the perinatal period.
It meets every Friday morning and, with ongoing training provided by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, participants repair dry stone walls aross Dorset.
If you would to attend or find out more, please contact David on 07341784129 or at David.Emery3@nhs.net1