Success for Parents in Mind: Results show positive outcomes for women

We are delighted to share the news that our new peer support programme is receiving really positive feedback

Women also show a statistically significant reduction in depression and anxiety.

Women supported by Parents in Mind said that it helped them:

  • feel less lonely/isolated (89%);
  • feel like they have someone to talk to who understands them (86%);
  • access services (87%);
  • know where to get help (85%)

This is according to the latest findings from the evaluation of the pilot programme – led by a research team at City University London, in partnership with our Knowledge Team.

She listens like it’s okay not to be okay

We secured funding from the Department of Health in 2016 to pilot the service in three areas (Coventry & Warwickshire in the Midlands, Halton in the North West, and Newham in East London).

Parents in Mind has been developed to provide safe and effective peer support for women with mild to moderate perinatal mental health difficulties.

It is delivered by incredibly committed volunteers, who are motivated by their own lived experience of perinatal mental health difficulties to help others.

I looked at the other mums and thought… you know what it’s like to be in my head

In addition to supporting vulnerable women, Parents in Mind aims to normalise conversations about perinatal mental health within communities.

It hopes to raise awareness, provide accurate information and reduce stigma.

The pilot will continue to run until March 2019 and we hope to deliver Parents in Mind in other parts of the country in the future. Thank you to all of our brilliant volunteers, project staff and local partners!

More information

If you’re interested in finding out more about Parents in Mind or supporting the programme, you can get in touch with

To read more about Parents in Mind click here.