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Social Care Services

Netmums Database of Antenatal and Postnatal Support

Netmums provide a database that allows support groups across the UK to register their details and promote themselves, but they do not assess or evaluate any services on their database.

To view a table of services available locally in your area click here.


Whilst there are some very good “befriender” or “help at home” services operated as Peer Support not all have the necessary Safeguarding Checks or Policies in place to ensure you and your child are protected and safe.

To view our list of recommended services click here.

Online Forums and Peer Support

As well as speaking to a health professional, you may find it helpful to talk to an understanding and sympathetic member of your family or friend about how you are feeling, this is often called Peer Support.

Peer support and sharing common experiences has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of postnatal depression. Peer support is recognised and advised to aid recovery in the NICE guidelines. Some of the benefits found through NICE’s research:

  • You will make new friends with shared experience.
  • Find hope through over people’s triumphs.
  • Build social relationships.
  • Experience the relief of speaking freely and sharing in a group.
  • Find acceptance of your illness.
  • And most importantly realise that ‘you are not alone’.

There are many online and social media sites that provide forums and/or peer support where you can participate or just observe.

Local Support Groups and Befriending Services

You may find it helpful to be open and honest with other new dads or mums. They may be feeling similar and you can have mutual support this can come through:

  • Local Support Groups – where you can join in with others completing activities or just talk.
  • Befriending Services – where someone will meet with you on a 1-to-1 basis.

Become a member to see our list of recommended services and to access what is available in your area.

Gateway to services and support

Here you will find access to tools and information for a range of support services

Social Care Services

Peer support and sharing common experiences has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of postnatal depression. Read more here.

Counselling Services

Check our database of private counsellors who have the appropriate training and experience to offer you help either online or face-to-face.

Clinical Services

Health professionals such as GPs, Midwives or Health Visitors as as well as specialist mental health and perinatal mental health services.

Screening and Assessment

Online screening tools to help you to explore your feelings and consider whether you need to seek additional help and support.

Have Some Fun - Wellbeing and Memory Games

Online brain games to exercise your brain skills including: memory, concentration, problem solving, thinking speed and mental flexibility.

Recommended Services

Our list of assessed and evaluated services which we recommend for you.

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