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Butterflies wellbeing group for parents and parents to be

A peer support group for parents to be and parents with children under 2 years old

The Butterflies Peer Support group is still operating a telephone and virtual support service to families who are experiencing perinatal mental illness, anxiety, depression and low mood since becoming pregnant or following the birth of their baby.

If you would like to talk to an Early Years Practitioner, experienced in supporting families with perinatal mental illness, please email to request a call back.

What’s on at Butterflies Peer Support Group via Zoom - Autumn 2020


01.09.2020 – 04.09.2020         “What’s in my toolkit?”

This week we will be exploring what tools, strategies, people and services we have that can support our emotional well-being and mental health.


07.09.2020 – 11.09.2020  “What’s in my toolkit?” and starting to identify ‘red flags’

This week we will be strengthening our toolkits. We will also start to identify signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression.


14.09.2020 – 18.09.2020   “Red flags – identifying signs and symptoms”

This week we will be exploring how we can identify what may be triggering uncomfortable, negative, challenging thoughts and feelings, which may lead to experiencing stress, anxiety or depression.


21.09.2020 – 25.09.2020   “Crying – how I feel when I cry, how I feel when my baby cries”

Over the next two weeks, we will be exploring how crying feels, when we cry, and how we feel when our babies cry. Crying can bring a whole range of emotions during and after, so we will be exploring these and discussing strategies to manage those more challenging feelings.


28.09.2020 – 02.10.2020   “Crying – coping strategies”

This week we will be strengthening our self-care toolkits again, and looking at practical strategies we can use to cope with crying.

Web links to support families experiencing perinatal mental illness

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

 The PANDAS Foundation is here to help support and advise any parent and their networks who need support with perinatal mental illness. We are also here to inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.

 Maternal OCD aims are to:

1. Raise awareness of perinatal OCD to healthcare professionals, mums to be/new mums, researchers and national decision-makers
2. Provide information and support to mums and their families
3. Encourage and support perinatal OCD research


The Association for Post-Natal Illness is the leading organisation in its field. It is a Registered Charity (No. 280510) established in 1979 to:

– Provide support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness, increase public awareness of the illness, encourage research into its cause/nature


Mums Aid - An award winning charity providing pregnant women and new mums with specialist counselling for emotional or mental health difficulties. 

Cocoon Family Support provides new families a supportive and safe environment to talk about their experiences, meet others in similar situations and find out what support is available to them. Cocoon Family Support is run by mums who have all experienced different levels of perinatal mental health issues and are able to use their own journeys to show parents it is a recoverable condition and that things can and will get better.

Family lives - Lots of advice and support on all things family related


The Fatherhood Institute – a range of resources, information and advice for new or expectant fathers

The Institute of Health visiting - a range of resources, information and advice for new and expectant parents. The link below focuses specifically on support during the coronavirus situation


Useful self-help websites/information - Coronavirus

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