Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside (HOST)

Support and Friendship For Families

Parent-Infant Mental Health

Pregnancy and having a baby is a special time but sometimes it can be challenging.

Lots of things can affect how parents feel about their baby and themselves. Having a baby or young child can be difficult at the best of times. Sometimes it can feel hard to cope with a baby’s feeding or sleeping patterns, or a baby who cries a lot. Sometimes problems like depression and anxiety in pregnancy or after the baby’s birth, a traumatic birth, mental health problems, events from the past or happening now, can affect how parents feel about their baby. Parents may feel worried about some of the thoughts and feelings they are having. All these problems can affect anyone.

This project is to provide support to families in Tameside who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues and are pregnant or have a least one child under the age of 2.

Support is provided within the home and community to promote parental engagement, positive parent and infant relationships and positive well being.

The PIMH Co-ordinators and the Early Attachment Service are working closely together throughout the project to promote the importance of early attachment.

Referral Criteria

  • Parents who need support in building their relationship with their baby or young child
  • Families living in Tameside, who are pregnant and/or have at least one child under the age of two
  • Families where Mum and/or Dad are experiencing, or at risk of mild to moderate mental health issues
  • Families who are experiencing other factors including but not exclusive to: adolescent parents, first born infants, low birth weight infants and parents with a diagnosis of mental illness, developmental disability or substance abuse
  • Families that have consented to referral and are willing to enagage with PIMH Home-Start support
  • The PIMH project will accept families subject to Child Protection with following factors: families willing to engage and work voluntarily with the PIMH Co-ordinator and Assistant, family’s safeguarding issues have been stabilised and there is a balance or risk and protective factors in the family’s profile.

How to refer?

Professionals can refer with the family’s consent by completing a referral form via email or post.

The referral form can be found HERE

Families are welcome to self-refer themselves by contacting the Home-Start HOST office.

If you would like to discuss if a family would benefit from the PIMH project please ring 0161 344 0669 or email info@homestarthost.org.uk

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