Jersey parents are being invited to contribute to the development of a groundbreaking mental health guidebook for families, the first of its kind on the island. The guidebook aims to increase awareness about mental health issues and provide parents with information on the available support. It is being created in collaboration with various agencies and organizations to build a supportive community for parents in Jersey. A survey conducted by Jersey Maternity Voices Partnership revealed that many parents expressed a need for more mental health support and guidance. The guidebook is expected to be released in early 2024.
Josephine Lane, Jersey’s specialist perinatal mental health midwife, stressed the importance of supporting parents throughout their journey of parenthood. She stated that being a parent can be challenging, and it is crucial to consider how to assist and support parents in this role. Lane believes that the collaborative effort in creating the guidebook will establish a new network of support for families on the island.
Emma Sykes, the senior chair of Jersey Maternity Voices Partnership, emphasized the significance of this initiative, particularly in addressing perinatal mental health. She acknowledged that feedback received over the past two years consistently highlighted mental health concerns among parents, including a lack of knowledge about available support and apprehensions about seeking help. Sykes wants to reassure parents that it is acceptable to not be okay and wants them to be aware that support is readily accessible.
The mental health guidebook for parents in Jersey is scheduled to be published in early 2024. This innovative project aims to empower parents by equipping them with valuable resources and information to navigate their mental health journey while also raising community awareness about mental health.