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New NSPCC Jersey service to support pregnant women with their mental health

The Pregnancy in Mind programme helps expectant parents who may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A new NSPCC Jersey service has started to support pregnant women who are having problems with their mental health.

The 8-week Pregnancy in Mind programme helps expectant parents who may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression or those who have low mood, worry or stress.

Following a referral, medical practitioners will help islanders who are between 12-28 weeks of pregnancy to understand and cope with any problems they are facing through group therapy sessions.

The charity says the programme has proved popular in the UK as parents benefit from talking to others who are going through the same experiences.

For many, the classes will help them acknowledge their pre-natal depression, by recognising the signs.

Learning and developing coping mechanisms to help them cope with the pressures of being a new mum or dad, will instill confidence and help them manage and take control of situations as they happen.

– Sally Walker, Children's Service Practitioner, NSPCC Jersey

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