A patient-driven support scheme for women who have low mood and anxiety issues after giving birth has been started in Farnborough.

The scheme has previously been run in Andover, where it was shortlisted for a patient experience award in mental health, where it was highly commended.

Beverley Hucker and Jennifer Potter are the health visitors running the group, which started a two weeks ago and had its second session on Thursday October 13.

The Farnborough group is partnered with TalkPlus, which is offering mental health support to the mums in four out of the eight sessions.

TalkPlus offers help to people by giving them the tools to cope with the stresses of day to day life.

'Right support'

Beverley Hucker, a health visitor running the Knowing Me Knowing You group in Farnborough, said: “The group offers mums group support in a safe environment with advice on hand from health visiting team and TalkPlus.

“Its plugging a gap in support for those who feel overwhelmed at the birth of their child and suffer with anxiety, isolation and low self esteem.

Claire, Emma and Elise have been on the Knowing Me Knowing You support group in Andover

“The group has a range of different mums, young mums, first time mums, second time mums – those who have been identified as needing extra support with their emotional well-being.

“We are so excited about being able to offer this to mums in Farnborough and, having seen the results from the Andover group, are confident that this is the right support for these mums.”

The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust advises anyone who thinks they are suffering from low mood and anxiety issues to contact their GP.