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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. 

Day 1.


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.

Day 2.


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.

Day 3.


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

Day 4.

 


1st Oct - Good support - offering guidance and signposting

Written guidance content for mothers - Perinatal Mental Health Partnership

Day 5.

 


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'.

Day 6.

 

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)

Day 7.

 


4th Oct - Self-reflection - what can we do better to improve BMMH

Donate to the 'Black Mum Support Fund' here : https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/blackmumsupportfund

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.

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© 2020 The Motherhood Group, Coordinators of Black Maternal Mental Health Week UK