Our Bluebell Buddies offer vital one-to-one support for parents experiencing perinatal mental health difficulties.
All our Buddies have lived experience of perinatal mental health challenges, so they can truly empathise with our parents.
But they also know every situation is unique. They tailor their support to the parent’s needs, offering a listening ear, practical tips for wellbeing and signposting to other services. As well as talking on the phone and online, Buddies often visit parents in their own homes. This is ideal for anyone who struggles to get out the door or lacks the confidence to join a parenting group.
Our Buddies also work closely with health professionals. A parent may open up to their Buddy in a way that they can’t with their GP or health visitor, so their Buddy can act as an advocate or bridge.
For parents who feel isolated or don’t have a strong support network to turn to, our Buddies can be a lifeline. With their help, a parent may gain the confidence to get some additional support, join our Comfort Zone or drop in at our wellbeing hub, Bluebell Place.