One day perinatal mental health workshop - Wednesday 28th November - West Kent

One day perinatal mental health workshop - Wednesday 28th November - West Kent

Around one in five women will experience a mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might present as a new mental health problem or another episode of a previous mental health issue they have experienced before, unfortunately, only 50% of these mums are diagnosed.

There are many challenges of motherhood and pregnancy and mums frequently put the needs of their family before themselves,and can often hold themselves to unrealistic expectations. Mothers can experience feelings of inadequacy and loss (in the absence of the expected feelings of happiness), as well as shame for experiencing emotional issues after having a baby.

Depression and anxiety are also common in fathers during the perinatal period. Research shows about 5-10% of men experience clinical depression during this period (Paulson et al, 2010), and 5-15% are affected by anxiety disorders (Leach et al, 2016).

Without appropriate treatment, the negative impact of mental ill health during the perinatal period is enormous and can have long-lasting consequences on not only women, but their partners and children too. When problems are diagnosed early and treatment offered promptly, the effects can be mitigated.

This one-day workshop will provide primary and secondary care healthcare practitioners who interact with expectant and new mums/parents with an update on the latest evidence as well as a range of quick and useful tools that can be used with patients in this setting. This workshop will have a perinatal focus considering both mums and partners mental wellbeing.

This workshop will be facilitated by Jenny Schiller

Jenny Schiller is a Clinical Lead within ieso Digital Health and is the ieso Perinatal Champion, she has a gained a wealth of knowledge working with mums, dads and baby’s mental ill health during the perinatal stages. She is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and has worked in both primary and secondary care with people across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, whilst also specialising in substance misuse in young parents liaising with other involved professionals.

Throughout her career, Jenny has held a special interest in working with young families, both in the NHS (Mother and baby Units) and in the charitable sector, managing a Home Start project and has an enthusiasm to support both mothers and fathers in addressing mental health difficulties, to ensure the best outcomes for babies and young children.

Learning Objectives

  • To differentiate between common mental health disorders (axis I and II disorders) with a focus on the perinatal stages
  • To become familiar with a range of cognitive behavioural interventions that can be used in a short consultation, and what does CBT interventions involve
  • To understand when watchful waiting is preferential to a referral
  • To develop clinical strategies to work with patients who present with complexity and co-morbidity
  • To utilise the latest evidence when assessing risk
  • To understand referral options and what works for best for your patient and why

Wednesday 28th November 9.15am – 4.15pm
Hadlow Manor Hotel
Goose Green
TN11 0JH

Registration from 9.15am, with a prompt start at 9.30am. Materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided. This event contributes to 6 hours CPD and is RCGP Accredited. To apply for your free place, please contact Heidi Adamson: with your name, position, and contact details.

For further information please contact Heidi email or phone 0800 074 5560.

Published 30 Oct 2018