What is the course about?
The course is about how to identify and support perinatal ill health. The course also explores the barriers to women getting the right help including stigma and lack of understanding, and how these barriers can be overcome. We will explore how friends, families, partners and those in professional roles can take action to support women experiencing mental health difficulties in the perinatal period.
What will we cover?
• How common is perinatal mental illness?
• What types of perinatal mental illness are there?
• What are the barriers to identifying perinatal mental illness?
• What are the risk factors for perinatal mental illness?
• How can we support women experiencing mental ill health in the perinatal period?
• What are the key agencies/professional/support groups that can help those experiencing perinatal mental ill health and their carers?
• What can we do to support the mental health of new fathers?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe different sorts of perinatal illness by identifying signs and symptoms
• Identify additional risk factors that may contribute to perinatal ill health
• Identify the professionals and agencies that can help women experiencing perinatal mental ill health.
• Describe how we can support those experiencing perinatal mental ill health
• Identify mental health needs common to new fathers and how we can support them.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be taught using media articles, first hand accounts, quizzes, videos and group activities.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details