It’s aim is to offer support to mothers and families affected by postnatal depression. As many people will know the time following the birth of a baby can be one of extreme stress and vulnerability – a time when all families need to be supported.
The services offered on Wednesdays will include counselling and art therapy on an individual and group basis with crèche facilities available alongside. Infant massage or Rhyme time will be available on Thursday mornings.
The staff are professionally trained and experienced in working in the area of mental health. The crèche leader is assisted by volunteers, who have all been “enhanced disclosure” checked.
The PND Service is managed by a board of directors who variously come from medical/psychiatric, social welfare and therapy backgrounds.
Although based in Galashiels it is a Borders wide service. Referrals can be made by health visitors, midwives and GPs, but self-referrals are also welcomed. An initial appointment will be offered to the mother when the different kinds of support/ therapy can be discussed in order to determine which is most appropriate.
The opening and maintaining of the new service has been possible because of grants from ‘Awards for All’, ‘Scottish Community Foundation’ and ‘Voluntary Action Fund Community Chest’.
The directors are particularly grateful for donations from local supporters, from GB Telecom, and from local church congregations.
To keep the momentum going and to raise funds for next year a sponsored walk has been planned. It will start in Melrose and follow St Cuthbert’s Way as far as Holy Island from April 10-15.
Anyone interested in supporting this new local charity - in whatever way they can – please contact Kathryn, “PND Borders” SCO 41376 East Lodge, Elm Row, Galashiels, TD1 3HT. Tel. No. 01896 751609 or email: [email protected]