We are delighted to announce
Healthy Valleys has been awarded funding
through Inspiring Scotland to help provide
support to our Resilient Families

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund will enable Healthy Valleys to deliver a full programme of peer support, parenting support, and mental health support. With the anticipated easing of lockdown restrictions over the coming months we have planned a variable work plan over the funded period with a move towards more face-to-face provision in year two and beyond. The proposed activities below will ensure we are able to achieve the project, PIMH, and national outcomes.

Resilient Families will target very disadvantaged and isolated families living in rural South Lanarkshire who are pregnant and/or have children under the age of 3 and are experiencing complex, interlinked challenging circumstances including:

  • Substance misuse
  • Poor mental health
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Domestic abuse
  • Physical and social isolation
  • Poverty
  • Parents own adverse childhood experiences

This funding will support the delivery of our Mental Health Improvement Programme which includes:

  • My Way - a 4-week programme designed to teach participants how to self-manage stress while dealing with long-term health conditions. The course covers stress management, relaxation techniques, healthy efficient communication, promotes healthy eating, explains the benefits of physical activity and effective goal setting.
  • Mindfulness – a 4-week block of mindfulness programming
  • Yoga – a 4-week block of yoga suitable for all abilities
  • Wellbeing Walks
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Online Support - including positive messages, information on wellbeing and positive mental health, coping strategies, ability to connect with staff through a social platform, links to other support services
  • Training and development opportunities
  • A Support Worker/Volunteer who will build a relationship with families on a one-to-one basis supporting them to identify and overcome the barriers preventing them from accessing statutory and voluntary services and supports
  • Wellbeing Calls
  • Wellbeing Tool Kit
  • Outdoor Health and Wellbeing Activity Programme (only in Year 1)

Outcomes

  • Reduced impact of adverse childhood events on children (poverty, domestic abuse, addictions, parental separation, parental ill health etc) help for parents to understand how these affect children, and develop parenting skills and strategies to protect children from exposure
  • Provision of opportunities for children, young people, parents and carers to develop their self-esteem and confidence, which will allow them to become a more resilient member within their community
  • Improved relationships, social and support networks; people have supportive positive relationships within their own family unit and others
  • Better connected to their local community by accessing services, activities and support available, and increase in use of existing services, community facilities and activities
  • Ability to practice self-management if diagnosed with a health condition and practice self-care – hygiene, medication, medical appointments
  • Building close relationships with staff, volunteers, families and communities in order to reduce barriers associated with perinatal mental health, enabling women to disclose issues confidently
  • Early identification of parents/carers and young people at risk of negative outcomes as a result of poor mental health and facilitated access onto specialist and preventative care
  • All beneficiaries will receive a tailored programme of support to ensure they have the best access to activities and services to meet their unique needs and create positive mental health outcomes for parents/carers, children and families