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New parents and parents-to-be from across Norfolk are being invited to join a new online group

New parents and parents-to-be from across Norfolk are being invited to join a new online group designed to offer vital peer support while helping them safeguard their mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney, which is run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Mind and Relate, held the first Perinatal Social Group session via Zoom on June 6.

It is designed to give parents-to-be and new parents who might be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression useful advice on looking after their wellbeing and what to expect as a parent, as well as tips on techniques such as mindfulness.

Chatterton House in Goodwin's Road.. (36733187)
Chatterton House in Goodwin's Road.. (36733187)

Those taking part will then be able to enjoy an informal coffee and chat to give them the chance to develop relationships and offer each other mutual peer support during a time when meeting face-to-face is difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Catherine Ashby, Wellbeing team leader for West Norfolk, said: “Being a parent can be incredibly rewarding but it can also be overwhelming, daunting and isolating at times.

"On top of this, the coronavirus pandemic has brought even more challenges, as new and expectant parents are unable to access their usual social circles for all-important support.

“Anyone can experience emotional difficulties following the birth of a baby, but it’s important to remember that does not mean you can’t care for your baby.

"Please also remember that you are not alone, and that stress, anxiety and depression are very common.

"At the same time, we know if can be difficult to ask for help, which is why we have set up this new social group.

“We would encourage anyone in Norfolk who is expecting or has recently had a baby and feels they could benefit from support to join us for a relaxed, informal and fun session which will help them safeguard their own health while making new friends.”

The next meeting will take place on Saturday, starting at 10am.

Future sessions will be advertised on social media and at www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/norfolk/

To book your space, please email socialsandvolunteering@wellbeingnandw.co.uk and you will be sent a password to join the group.

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