Lucy AAC supporters raised £410 for our Mum Matters campaign that aims to broaden our package of support for families.
Research shows 1 in 5 mothers suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health problems during pregnancy or in the months after their baby is born – that is an estimated 140,000 women in the UK. When your baby or child is seriously ill, it can add even more stress and uncertainty to this time.
With so many women suffering from mental health problems, influential ‘mummy bloggers’ like Slummy Single Mummy, Mummy It’s Okay and Single Mum Ahoy rallied round to support our mums. Our patron Dr Carol Cooper and one of our own mums, Nicola, also shared their stories to bring awareness to the realities of parenthood.
To help mums with children in hospital, Lucy AAC’s ‘Mum Matters Support Package’ will include:
• A support booklet with information about our transfers and medical teams, useful tips on having a child in hospital, mental and physical health advice and signposting to other helpful organisations.
• Access to a support group on Facebook.
• Expert advice and continued support from Nicola, Head of Service, throughout transfer and after.
• Peer-to-peer support with families who have been in a similar situation.
Our Mum Matters support package aims to offer a wide range of support to help every family through this stressful time and help them transition in to a ‘new normal’ once they return home from hospital.
Thank you to everyone who donated and shared our campaign.