World Mental Health Day 2021
Published 10th October 2021
Today is World Mental Health Day – as a charity we try to help support the mental health and wellbeing of families and staff on the baby units in Brighton and Haywards Heath.
We hope that the smaller things we do for families and babies, such as providing tea, coffee, biscuits, cereal and fruit in the parents kitchens, and comfort and keepsake items, helps families to feel comforted and supported while their baby is in hospital. We are very much looking forward to being able to return to visiting the units to run our coffee mornings too. In the meantime we are still available for a chat over zoom or on the phone for any parents who are on the units and would like to have the opportunity to chat with someone who can relate to having their baby in a neonatal unit and who can provide a listening ear. Please feel free to contact us if this would be helpful for you https://www.earlybirth.co.uk/contact-us/
Thanks to the generous support of our incredible fundraisers we have also been able to support some projects and purchase items for the units which have helped babies and families to feel a bit better. We have supplied ipads and the vCreate secure video messaging system to help babies and families stay connected. We also funded the Wishing Well Music for Health programme which brought therapeutic live music to TMBU and PRH SCBU – we are hopeful this will be able to return to running fully on the units in person soon too.
We are also here to support the staff teams, and since May 2020 we have doubled the number of Mind Clinic sessions that we fund each month, to enable staff at both TMBU and PRH to access this wonderful counselling service when needed. We have also funded staff training on bereavement care, and try to also keep the staff stocked up with treats, snacks and hand cream!
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and fundraised so these positive differences can be made on the units. 💛
Having a baby/babies in neonatal care is often an incredibly stressful, shocking and distressing experience, and its so important to be aware of your own mental health, and to speak to other parent’s and the staff on the units if you’re struggling. We have also put together a list of sources of information and support on our website which you can access here https://www.earlybirth.co.uk/sources-of-support-and-help/
The Early Birth Association are registered on Virgin Money Giving,
where you are able to make a donation directly to us and set up your
own fundraising page for any events that you do.
For further advice and support please also see the useful links and information at the bottom of the website.