Suffolk Libraries – Me, Myself and Baby

Suffolk Libraries provides additional services to communities and organisations such as local ‘pop-up’ provision, prison libraries and a mental health service.

A grant from the Realising Ambitions – East Fund will enable Suffolk Libraries to run the ‘Me, Myself and Baby’ project, which launched officially on 13th July. Two groups of staff have completed online Perinatal Mental Health Awareness training in order to provide appropriate support to mums. Light touch support is available to mums by email and two online coffee catch ups are planned – these will be followed by additional groups.

Before Covid-19, Suffolk Libraries would have offered a Mum’s Matter course, but this has been replaced by referrals to Suffolk Mind for counselling where needed.

https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/about/news/me-myself-and-baby-suffolk-libraries-launches-new-perinatal-support-service

We are thrilled to finally be able to launch Me, Myself and Baby. Despite the challenges presented to us during this difficult time, we have worked hard alongside partners to develop and adapt our offer. Whilst the service may not be how we had initially planned, we hope we will still be able to connect with and help support many parents and carers in Ipswich and East Suffolk.

Perinatal mental health is hugely important, but is a part of mental health still not talked about and surrounded by stigma. It’s especially important at this time, that mums and families know there is support out there. As a library service, we have a long history of supporting new parents and we feel this project, working alongside expert partners, only helps strengthen this. Whether it is the middle of the night when the baby is awake, or at the end of a long day caring for a newborn child whilst home schooling, the message is the same – ‘you are not alone’.

 

Sarah Lungley

Wellbeing Manager, Suffolk Libraries

There are more excellent projects like this in Suffolk

and lots more people who need our support
Show me more storiesShow me how I can help

The team really value your support

By joining our mailing list, you will receive the occasional updates about new funds, as well as the latest news from the team.

 

We take the protection of your data seriously.

Read our Privacy Statement here

To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email which we have just sent you. Thank you for supporting Suffolk Community Foundation