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Publication Date:- 2018-02-17
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Merseyside comes together to support 'The Female Mind'

REGIONAL experts from the fields of mental health and maternity care described the lack of emotional support available to pregnant and post natal women as:- "the epidemic of our time" at a recent Liverpool event.

Bringing together clinicians, academics, community partners and local families for the 1st time, the event focused on the mental health provision accessible to women before, during and after pregnancy, and encouraged more integrated working across geographical and organisational boundaries to help improve experiences for all women.

Luciana Berger, Member or Parliament for Wavertree, and President of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, said:- "My daughter is just 11 months old and I am acutely aware of the need for pregnant women and new mums to keep a close watch on their mental health. During pregnancy and the year after birth, many women will experience common mental health problems, including anxiety disorders and depression, and dads will too. Further, the risk of developing a severe mental health condition, such as postpartum psychosis, schizophrenia, severe depression or bipolar disorder, increases after childbirth. For women, it is the time that we are most likely to experience those conditions. The first 1,001 days of a child's life still largely determines their life chances and life outcome, which means it is crucial that emotional and mental health support is readily accessible to women before, during and after pregnancy."

The evening included the Merseyside launch of:- "The Female Mind - a Users' Guide" - a new book published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists which explores themes such as anxiety, motherhood, eating disorders and living positively with mental illness. The book features contributions from numerous UK healthcare experts, many of whom were in attendance.

Dr Sandeep Ranote, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and contributing author to The Female Mind, said:- "We are living in the UK, where currently 1 in 4 adults experience Mental health problems, 1 in 5 mothers suffer with mental health difficulties in the perinatal period and 1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health condition. Mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK, so there has never been a more important time to shine a light on mental health and shift from a culture of illness to 1 of wellness. Working as a whole system to support the whole person and the whole family in their health and wellbeing and building a resilient community is crucial."

The event took place at the Bluecoat Arts Centre and was hosted by the Improving Me Women's and Children's Services Partnership - a collaboration of 27 NHS organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside aiming to improve the experiences of women and children.

Catherine McClennan, Programme Director for Improving Me, said:- "We've listened to the experiences of many local women who have felt emotionally isolated during their pregnancy journey. This event was a call to action for everyone in our communities. Together, we've committed to working as 1 to provide truly person centred mental health care for all mums and families."

In addition to encouraging closer working between providers of mental health and maternity services, the event prompted clinicians to forge stronger relationships with community assets such as:- Libraries, Arts Centres and Universities. Dr Sandeep continued:- "The Female Mind event aimed to showcase these benefits in the heart of Liverpool's creative community, connecting the system from prevention to prescription."

The night was concluded by a powerful story from local mum Danielle Gillett, who described her difficulties finding the right emotional support network during her pregnancy journey.  Danielle said:- "'Events like these for me are a great way of showcasing how professionals are really making a difference within mental health and maternity care. My story is not to share a bad time, but to show professionals how just a small act from them during our care can go a long way."

The Stage Is Set For Nightrider #Liverpool2018

NIGHTRIDER is gearing up to showcase Liverpool's famous landmarks and legendary musical heritage during a special year for the City. #Liverpool2018 is putting the City on the world stage by hosting a year long series of events to celebrate a decade since it was chosen as the European Capital of Culture. The charity night ride returns for the 3rd time over 14 July to 15 July 2018, by popular demand.

Nightrider is different to many other fundraising events: it's not timed, it's not a race and everyone taking part can support any charity. Together participants are aiming to raise ₤140,000 in 1 night. Many local causes will benefit including:- Alder Hey Children's Charity, Claire House Children's Hospice and Wirral Mencap, as well as national organisations like:- Alzheimer's Society and British Heart Foundation. Nightrider places are still available, but the event is expected to be a sell out.

Nightrider is a route of 2 halves: the Wirral loop and the Liverpool loop. There are 2 distances to choose from - 50km (choose the Wirral loop or the Liverpool loop) or 100km (both loops) so there is something for everyone, from novice riders to more experienced cyclists. The event starts at Pier Head and sets off through the Mersey Tunnel, which is closed to other traffic, to the scenic Wirral Peninsula. Highlights include:- the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, West Kirby and Port Sunlight, with spectacular views across the Mersey to the City's iconic skyline. The Liverpool Loop 2 takes in more renowned sights, like:- the Albert Docks, Liverpool ACC, Empire Theatre, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Aintree Racecourse, Knotty Ash, Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park; as well as many hidden gems.

Nightrider offers the chance to have fun, get active and enjoy a Saturday night out with a difference, while doing something positive. The event is popular with friends and family, plus there are corporate packages available so it's an ideal team building event for companies. Colin Flinn took part in Liverpool Nightrider 2017 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. He said:- "Excellent route with friendly organisers and participants, and plenty to see (in the dark!) to help while away the miles."

Nightrider is organised by leading charity tour operator Classic Challenge. Each loop is clearly sign posted so that Nightriders can cycle at their own pace. There are break stops every 25km plus medical support and mechanical backup are provided throughout the night. Everyone receives a well earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.

The event is supported by Cycle Republic (mechanical partner) and Virgin Money Giving (official fundraising partner). Nightrider events will also be taking place in London and Glasgow in 2018.

The challenge is open to anyone aged 18+ of average fitness who is prepared to train beforehand.

There are 2 ways to take part:- Charity Place; Pay ₤39 registration fee then raise ₤175* minimum sponsorship for a Nightrider charity partner (*exact amount set by each charity).

Own Place; Pay ₤99 full event cost then raise as much sponsorship money as possible for any charity.

For more information and to sign up visit:- NightRider.Org.UK.

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