Black Maternal Mental Health Week 2020
Why do we need #BMMHW?
Postnatal depression or anxiety in black mothers is 13% (this number has increased) higher than in white mothers. A 2011 study found that black women are the group least likely to initiate treatment for postnatal mental illness, and the least likely to receive follow-up treatment. And this racial disparity is putting the lives of black mothers at risk.
28th Sept- Why do we need a black maternal mental health week?
Video Content - Discussion speaking with:
Sandra Igwe - Founder of The Motherhood Group, mother of two with lived experience
Shomi Williams - Psychological well-being therapist and black mental health activist
Kemi Akinwunmi - Registered midwife, specialist in community public health nursing and mother
Fiona Small - Founder of Young Mums Support Network, mother of two.
29th Sept - Self love - what does it look like?
Video Content - Self-Care tips for black mothers to boost their maternal mental health
Nehanda Truscott -Reid - Wellness Coach for mothers, and mother of two.
30th Sept - Speaking out - sharing our stories and amplifying our voices.
Video Content - Black mothers from The Motherhood Group speaking on their experience. Written Content - 'My Truth', blog piece written from a black mother speaking on her maternal mental health challenges.
Zoom discussion - all can attend. 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Zoom link here Meeting ID: 848 9307 0152 | Passcode: 930539
1st Oct - Good support - offering guidance and signposting
Written guidance content for mothers - Perinatal Mental Health Partnership
2nd Oct - Strong Black Woman Myth & Cultural Factors
Video content - Mars Lord, Birth Activist and Award Winning Doula
Video content - Black mums 'don't like to talk about depression'.
3rd Oct - Creating Safe spaces - Black Mum Fest 2020
The UK's first fest dedicated to the black motherhood experience, panel discussions, workshops and break-out sessions.
Location: Bellavita Academy, 3:30pm - 8:30pm (registration closed)
4th Oct - Self-reflection - what can we do better to improve BMMH
Donate to the 'Black Mum Support Fund' here :
Video Content - Dr. Jessica Fletcher-Rogers, Specialist Registrar Doctor in Adult Mental Health, special interest in perinatal mental health in the black community.
Research in 2018 found that 23% of women who died in the postnatal period suffered from mental health disorders, and suicide is now the second leading cause of maternal death in the UK. A study in 2010 found that healthcare professionals in the UK lacked the training and the confidence for identifying the specific needs of black women – causing black mothers to ‘fall through the net’.
Join us as we continue to spread awareness and amplify the black motherhood mental health experience in the UK.