Respond is a local group of health professionals who have come together to help support the women and families of Portsmouth who are suffering with mild to moderate pre and post natal depression or anxiety. Respond Portsmouth was set up by Julie Whitehead – a Registered Midwife & Lactation Consultant. Julie is working in partnership with Tamsin Rowe-Davison – a Psychological Well Being Practitioner and Ingrid Stratton a Cognitive Behaviour therapist. Tamsin and Ingrid work for Talking Change, Talking Change specialises in providing evidence based psychological therapies for depression and anxiety for Portsmouth registered GPs. This is a free service for pregnant women and mums with children up to 1 year old whose are registered with a GP in the PO1-PO6 area.
There is the option of attending coffee mornings to meet other mothers for support and we can also arrange any treatment if necessary. If your illness is diagnosed as something else or more serious we can refer you to a service that can best meet your needs.
www.respondportsmouth.co.uk is an information website about local support, an 8 week CBT course of treatment we provide and other useful links. You can contact us directly or be referred by your midwife, health visitor or GP. There is also the option to self-refer by using the contact form on the respond site. Once we have received a referral, Julie will call the individual concerned to ask a few more questions. A meeting with Tamsin will follow who will discuss your circumstances and suggest the best course of treatment for you. If you are referred onto our course all information will be sent to you by post or email.You can also refer yourself to the group by clicking the contact form on the respond website.
There is a free coffee afternoon in Portsmouth mothers to attend babies welcome. This is an informal coffee afternoon to come and relax and chat.