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Maternity and mental health

Qwell’s new maternal mental health collection can support you through your pregnancy and beyond. Read on for the story of how we made this collection – and why it’s so important.

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Having a baby can be an exciting journey filled with joy and anticipation. But it can also be a time of worry, fears, and other difficult feelings that many mums don’t feel as comfortable talking about.

We know that every experience of pregnancy and motherhood is different, which is why we want to support mums on their personal journeys, however they’re feeling. 

Qwell's latest collection puts maternal mental health in the spotlight.

Aisha, a young mum, talks about her experiences as both a mother and black woman going through maternity.

We created a series of articles, videos and more.

The collection is designed to validate parents’ experiences, offer support, and ultimately help mums feel less alone with whatever they’re going through. This collection is for mums from all backgrounds, including: This collection is for mums from all backgrounds, including: 

  • Mums with mental health difficulties 
  • Mums who feel the pressure to be happy or ‘okay’
  • Young mums
  • Single mums 
  • Mums from Black and ethnic minority groups
  • Mums who have had difficult pregnancies, births, or other experiences 
  • Mums who felt overwhelmed by parenthood

 

At Qwell, we believe it’s important to represent diverse experiences and share stories that help reduce mental health stigma.

How did we create this collection?

We collaborated with mums of varying ages and from different backgrounds and cultures in order to produce content that validated experiences, yet was rooted in mental health and wellbeing. These mums included:

  • Teen and young mums (under 25)
  • Mums who have experienced mental health difficulties during and after pregnancy
  • Black mothers (with a focus on Black maternal health)

 

As well as speaking with mums, we also spoke to midwives to give us a different perspective on the peri and postnatal needs of mothers.

Our writers and co-collaborators: mothers, and people with clinical expertise in both working with parents, and children.

How to view the collection

The full maternal mental health collection is published on Qwell.io. We’ve also published some of the content on this page so you can get a flavour pf what to expect inside Qwell.

To explore the collection, use the button below. You’ll need to log in, or register if you’re new to Qwell.

Qwell is completely free and available in many areas of the UK.

Read a small selection of articles below: (there are many more inside the collection)

There are loads of really useful services inside Qwell to help anyone struggling with their mental health.

Community

Our supportive, welcoming forums are a great place to connect with others who may feel the same way you do.

Direct Help

Whatever’s on your mind, our team of friendly practitioners are here to listen and offer therapeutic advice.

Activities

Qwell is packed with resources, mini-activities and goal-setting tools that can help you take small steps towards feeling better

Why try Qwell?

Free

Qwell is 100% free – always. There are no waiting lists, no charges and no need for a referral – just a friendly community and a team of professionals on hand to listen and offer support. 

Useful

Qwell is packed with useful resources, tools and guidance on navigating all kinds of challenges, dealing with many common issues and improving your mental health. Our platform is accessible 24/7.

Safe

We’re the UK’s only digital BACP-accredited service. Qwell is completely anonymous, so you can feel safe discussing whatever is on your mind in confidence and without judgement.

How does Qwell work?

1

Register

Register anonymously, and for free. There are no charges for using Qwell. Ever.

2

Share

Share your challenges with the community and/or our practitioners – only if you feel like it.

3

Explore

Explore Qwell’s activities & therapeutic resources. Read inspiring articles and try calming exercises.

4

Check in

Check in – whenever you feel like you want to. Qwell is here when you need us.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Qwell has been commissioned by NHS Devon to offer free, anonymous mental health support to all adults based in Devon.

We have a youth service called Kooth. It’s available to young people between 10-25 in many areas across the UK. Please visit kooth.com to find out more.

Qwell is commissioned by many NHS bodies, and also by many Police Commissioning Services across the UK. Qwell is part of Kooth PLC.

Qwell is a completely anonymous service. For further information on our data and privacy policy, please visit https://www.qwell.io/privacy

Qwell is available wherever it has been commissioned. We are active in many areas of the UK. To find out more, visit http://www.qwell.io

Understanding our users’ backgrounds helps us check that the services we provide are reaching as many people, from as many backgrounds, as possible. It also helps us signpost you to the right services & support. Historically, some sections of society slip through the cracks of traditional mental health support. We are dedicated to ensuring this doesn’t happen with Qwell, and really appreciate your help.

Qwell is not a crisis support service. If you need urgent support, please dial 999 or contact urgent support services.