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Local and national support during and after pregnancy


Association for Post-Natal Illness

APNI website
Tel: 0207 386 0868
Address: 145 Dawes Road,  Fulham,  London, SW6 7EB

The Association for Post-Natal Illness is the leading charitable organisation in its field. It has 3 aims:

  • Provide support to those suffering from post-natal illness
  • Increase public awareness of the illness
  • Encourage research into its cause/nature

Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS)

BUMPS website

A website dedicated to providing reliable, evidence-based, and accurate information about use of medicines in pregnancy, in the form of freely available patient information leaflets.

Epic Dad

Epic Dad website
Tel: 07717 744 608
Email Epic Dad
Facebook: EPIC Dad

Address: EPIC Centre, Risby Truckstop, 117 Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6RD

Epic Dad is a community interest company with a focus on supporting fathers, father figures and families. They run social and support groups, including a dinner clubs, retro games nights, mentoring, fatherhood preparation classes, parenting courses and events for dads and male carers to attend with their children. They also are an invaluable resource and can signpost to other agencies.

Get Me Out The Four Walls

Get Me Out The Four Walls website
Email: Email Get Me Out The Four Walls
Facebook: Get Me Out The Four Walls Suffolk

Get Me Out The Four Walls is a registered maternal mental health charity that offers informal social events.

Offers an opportunity to escape your four walls and to interact with other parents helping to prevent the feeling of loneliness and isolation you may feel as a new parent.

Home Start

Home Start website

Home-Start works with families in communities right across the UK. Starting in the home, their approach is as individual as the people they helping. No judgement, just compassionate, confidential help and expert support.


Kooth website

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of need.

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.

Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Maternal Mental Health Alliance website
Email Maternal Mental Health Alliance

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a charity and coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.

Maternal OCD

Maternal OCD website
Email Maternal OCD

Maternal OCD is a charity co-founded by two mothers who have experienced and recovered from extreme perinatal obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Maternal OCD aims are to:

  • Raise awareness of perinatal OCD to healthcare professionals, mums to be/new mums, researchers and national decision-makers
  • Provide information and support to mums and their families
  • Encourage and support perinatal OCD research

Medicines Advice Helpline

A free service for all Colchester Hospital and Ipswich Hospital patients to find out information about their medication.

Colchester Hospital: 01206 742 161

Ipswich Hospital: 01473 703 604

Mini First Aid Suffolk

Mini First Aid website
Tel: 07706 068 980
Email Mini First Aid

Mini First Aid offers a range of classes for all the family; parents, grandparents, carers and for children, training them in basic and life-saving first aid.

National breastfeeding helpline


PANDAS Foundation

Web: PANDAS website
Helpline: 0843 28 98 401 open 9am to 8pm every day
Email: Email PANDAS Foundation

PANDAS Foundation helps support and advises any parent experiencing perinatal mental health illness.

Local support group meets on the first Monday of the month at The Highfields Children’s Centre, Chesterfield Drive, Ipswich.  For further information and referral to the group, call 01473 742 534.


Qwell website

Qwell, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for adults accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of need.

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.

Relate Norfolk & Suffolk

Web: Relate Norfolk & Suffolk website
Tel: 01473 254 118

Relate are there to help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. They can help you even if you’re not currently in a relationship. They provide relationship counselling, sex therapy, friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationship and have online help pages. They also work to champion the importance of relationships in society and in the media and work with the government to ensure relationship support is kept at the heart of public policy. They also carry out research and make recommendations.


Web: Samaritans website
Tel: 116 123 / 01473 211 133
Email: Email Samaritans

Address: 140 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2LE

Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.

Suffolk Mind

Suffolk Mind website
Mind national website
Tel: 0300 111 6000
Suffolk Mind email

Address: Quay Place (St Mary on the Quay), Key Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP41BZ
Suffolk Mind also has bases in Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds and Saxmundham.

Suffolk Mind have a wide range of courses, training and therapeutic services which can enable you to better understand mental wellbeing and how you can help improve or maintain your own. Skills learnt can also help you support others. This knowledge can be applied at both home and work to help you get the best from your life and to feel happier and healthier.

Mind is a national charity which campaigns improved mental health services and support and to raise awareness. They also provide information leaflets regarding mental health conditions.

Suffolk Wellbeing

Web: Suffolk Wellbeing website
Tel: 0300 123 1503
Address: The Suffolk Wellbeing Service, The Conifers, Drayton High Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 5BE

Wellbeing Suffolk provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. They work with you to help you make the necessary changes to improve your wellbeing and quality of life. Their services are free and are available to people and for people of all ages.

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