To provide therapy and support for mothers suffering from post-natal depression through counselling, individual and group art therapy, infant massage and other theraputic and educational services to support them and their wider families. Creche facilities are provided to enable mothers to part with their baby without anxiety and then relax and gain maximum benefit from time spent within the service.
Post-natal depression affects 10 - 15% of women, severely hampers bonding between mother and infant and carries a risk of suicide. The effects continue throughout childhood and can lead to violence and disrupted education. Mothers who are helped by our service have a much brighter future, as do their children. Wider family relationships also improve.
Mothers who attend our service are helped to understand and overcome their difficulties, they learn that it is not unusual to suffer in this way and they meet other sufferers. Their babies gain from the attention they receive in the creche. When they leave our service after 12 weeks or so they are able to relate more positively to their baby and enjoy a happier family life.
Volunteers are required to help in the creche for a few hours on a Wednesday or a Thursday. Babies and toddlers spend up to an hour in the creche whilst their mothers are being supported. Volunteers are needed with some experience of babies and small children and with an interest in their development. Checks with Disclosure Scotland will be required.