Patricia West

Best Beginnings was chosen to be part of the ‪#‎HeadsTogether‬ campaign because of the support and information they offer through their projects and resources. This includes their free Baby Buddy app created to support parents to keep mentally and physically healthy during pregnancy and beyond.

Seven out of 10 women will hide or underplay the severity of their perinatal mental health illness and so they will not receive the help and support they require. As a health visitor I see this on a day to day basis with the families I work with and the devastating effect this can have on the family.

Two in 10 women will develop a mental health illness during pregnancy and the year after birth. Yet, not all of these women will access the support they require. This must change and the stigma attached to mental health must be challenged.

I want to change this by supporting Best Beginnings who influence policy, work with and train healthcare professionals and community champions, provide free resources to parents including Baby Buddy, raising awareness and funds and ending the stigma.

Best Beginnings has filmed parents and professional sharing their experiences in more than 300 short videos about how to stay mentally and physically healthy, what to expect, when to be concerned and what to do, which are available in their award-winning free Baby Buddy app.
I see first hand the benefits the app provides in empowering parents with information and instilling confidence in their own parenting decisions.
Baby buddy is encouraging thousands of families across the country to talk about how they feel and the Duchess of Cambridge is helping to spread the word.

Patricia West