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Parent Infant Mental Health Service (PIMHS)

Supporting early relationships for families expecting a baby or have a child under 2 years of age.

Who is it for?

Our ‘Parent Infant Mental Health Service’ known as PIMHS, works with parents expecting a baby, who have recently given birth or their child is under the age of two. We focus on supporting those early relationships between you and your baby, with an understanding that this can be difficult, particularly if you are experiencing emotional or mental health problems.

Having a baby or young child can impact upon us in different ways for a number of reasons, lack of support, infant crying, broken sleep, just to name a few. These can all impact upon our relationships with our children. Accessing support early can really make a difference for both parents and their children.

pregnant mum talking to coordinator over coffee

What can we offer?

  • A non-judgemental and safe space to talk through any difficulties with a trained PIMHS co-ordinator.
  • Weekly peer support from a PIMHS Volunteer matched to the family.
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) specialist support, to help parents experiencing problems bonding with their baby, or are finding the relationship difficult.
  • Specialist support to help you focus on your relationship with your baby.
  • Reduce isolation, by helping parents access community support services, where they can meet other parents and their children.
  • Support around mental and physical well-being, and positive coping skills.

Local and National helplines

Mental Health Crisis Support

If you are in a crisis and need to talk to someone right away, you can call the following:

Crisis Line Cheshire and Wirral (24-hour helpline): 0800 145 6485

Samaritans (24-hour helpline): 116 123

Papyrus (suicide prevention for under 35’s): HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm

Mind: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger Call 999 or visit A&E.

How do I access support?

You can call us directly on 0151 608 8288.

Or you can speak with your Midwife, GP, Health Visitor or other health professional, and ask them to refer you.

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