Information & Support
Help, resources and guidance for anyone wanting to know more about perinatal mental health, including parents seeking support.
Access our Resource Library, find a support group, refer a client and more…
We run a series of programmes for parents including art classes, parenting groups, journalling workshops and wellbeing courses.
*Due to COVID19, some of our programmes may not be running or may have moved online.
We are part of a campaign to ensure that parents in Northern Ireland have access to specialist perinatal services including a mother and baby unit.
Find out more about the progress of the Northern Ireland campaign here.
Every penny we raise goes directly towards helping parents in Northern Ireland. It helps us to provide vital support services to those in need.
By making a donation you are making a real difference to the lives of local families.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
The Parent Rooms (formerly We Are Pangs) is a perinatal mental health charity in Northern Ireland. We are a circle of support for parents and their families as they emerge beyond personal struggles to lead full and healthy lives.
We do this through peer support, wellness education and awareness raising in the community.
A regional circle of support that every parent across Northern Ireland can access to improve their mental and emotional well-being and move into fulfilling and healthy lives.
OUR IMPACT - 2020/2021
1 in 5
MOTHERS WITH STRUGGLE WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CONCERN IN PREGNANCY AND FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OF A CHILD SUCH AS DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, OCD, AND PSYCHOSIS
1 in 10
FATHERS WILL ALSO STRUGGLE WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH EITHER AS A RESULT OF BECOMING A PARENT, OR OF SUPPORTING A PARTNER THROUGH MENTAL ILLNESS
WHAT WE DO
Peer Support & Counselling
The Parent Rooms is primarily a peer support service for parents. We put our volunteers through our accredited training program before helping them to set up peer support groups either in the community or online. These groups can be accessed by any parent who is struggling and needs a safe space to talk through their experience and be supported on their journey towards recovery.
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: If your patient is registering as mild/moderate for perinatal mental illness, you can refer them to our peer support services.
We run a number of wellbeing programs aimed at building confidence and self-esteem, improving resilience, and teaching coping skills to help parents take control of their own recovery.
We also offer a Wellness Recovery Action Planning service to help parents develop their own plan to promote and protect their wellbeing.
information & resources
We understand that whether you are a parent, someone supporting a parent, a health professional, or a volunteer, that the vast amount of information on perinatal mental illness can be overwhelming. We have created a library of information all in one place that you can access free of charge.
These resources include information on the types of illnesses, how to support someone, audio tracks, guided meditations, self-help workbooks and more.
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: We have included the Northern Ireland care pathways for diagnosing and treating patients with perinatal mental illness.
The Parent Rooms works with our friends and partners across Northern Ireland and the UK to fight for better services for parents. We are members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and contribute to their Everyone’s Business Campaign. You can find out more about the campaign and its progress here.
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