Mental health problems are especially common during pregnancy and in the months after birth. It is estimated that over 1.6m children in the UK are living with at least one parent suffering with their mental health. Research has shown that children of parents with a mental illness experience greater levels of emotional, psychological and behavioural problems than other children.
Depression, anxiety and low self-esteem affect many Home-Start families. Some experience post-natal illness, live with personality disorders, or suffer with suicidal thoughts. Over the last year, 78% of families referred to Home-Start Wandsworth were struggling with their mental health. The coronavirus pandemic has led to a marked increase in families feeling anxious and fearful, and people were cut off from the people, places and routines that usually help them manage their mental health.
Home-Start Wandsworth are here for parents when they need us most. Parents tell us that the amount of time and understanding they are offered through our service sets us apart from other organisations. We help build confidence and self-esteem, and we enable families to access specialist services where necessary.
Following Home-Start support 70% of families saw an improvement in parents’ mental health.
If you are a parent with a child under the age of five, living in the borough of Wandsworth in need of support, please get in touch.