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City and Hackney

City & Hackney

City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health Homerton Row, London E9 6SR

020 8510 8151

9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday 

City & Hackney Team Photo

About Us

The Perinatal Service works with people who have moderate to severe mental health difficulties in pregnancy or within the first year after childbirth. These may be pre-existing illnesses or they may start in the perinatal period.

If there is a previous, current or a family history of mental health difficulties, you can consent to a referral to this service. Members of the team have many different professional backgrounds: nursing, psychology, and medicine.

What we offer

We provide specialist outpatient and community care to people who are pregnant or in their first year after having a baby. We also provide one off pre-conception counselling to people who have a history of severe mental illness and who are considering having a baby.

Your first appointment with us will either be with one of our consultant psychiatrists, specialty doctor, or another senior member of the team. This could be a Specialist Nurse, Social Worker, Senior Psychologist or Psychotherapist. 

In certain cases before you give birth we will hold a pre-birth planning meeting with you and the other professionals involved in your care to discuss how you will be supported during and after your labour.

After pregnancy then depending on the level of need you may also have home visits with one of our nurses in addition to outpatient clinic appointments.

As a service we are pleased to announce that we are now offering assessments to partners and co-parents that may be struggling with their mental health. The assessment will be a one off appointment where we discuss any challenges and difficulties that you may be experiencing. We will then signpost and refer to any relevant services for any further treatment or resources that may be of interest.

If you feel this would be beneficial for your partner/co-parent, please discuss this with your current professional in the team or call the office on 0208 510 8151 and ask to speak to the duty worker.

Update for City & Hackney Residents

As a service we are pleased to announce that we are now offering assessments to partners and co-parents that may be struggling with their mental health. The assessment will be a one off appointment where we discuss any challenges and difficulties that you may be experiencing. We will then signpost and refer to any relevant services for any further treatment or resources that may be of interest.

If you feel this would be beneficial for your partner/co-parent, please discuss this with your current professional in the team or call the office on 020 8510 8151 and ask to speak to the duty worker.

Baby holding a parent's hands

How to Refer

You can make a self referral by filling in the online form or we do accept referrals from the following professionals:

  • Health and social care professionals
  • GPs
  • Community psychiatrists
  • Obstetricians
  • Midwives
  • Health visitors and social workers.

Confidentiality and consent

When you talk with a health professional in private you will expect that what is said remains confidential. This principle is central to trust between patients and their doctor or other health professionals. Details of your care and treatment, including anything you tell us, remains confidential and will only be shared within our multidisciplinary clinical team (which includes health and social care staff) if necessary.

All health professionals are bound by law and professional codes of conduct to this duty of confidentiality to their patients.

City and Hackney self referral

Making a Referral

If you live in the boroughs of Bedfordshire, City & Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets, and you are pregnant or have recently given birth and find you are suffering mentally or emotionally, please do not suffer alone. 

You can fill in the Referral form by clicking on the link below and it will be sent to the team in your local area who will be in touch within 7 days.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency  and you or someone you know is in danger,  you can contact our free phone Mental Health Crisis Support teams who are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Find the team where you live here>>

Friends having coffee

Peer Support Workers

Here at ELFT we are very lucky to have perinatal peer support workers as part of our team.

Our peer support workers are individuals with lived experience and have the accredited Royal College of Pyscharitity quailification, whilst also using their experience and empathy to help support a women’s wellbeing.

If you are supported by a Peer support worker, you will feel heard and understood as your sessions will be led by an individual with lived experience the approach is more holistic than medical.

Mother & Grandmother, 73, City and Hackney

35 years ago I went to my G.P saying that I felt I was not coping with having a baby, lack of sleep, a 7 year old at School and a husband who travelled abroad regularly for his work. I had spoken to my Health visitor and she advised seeing my GP. He was very pleasant, asked a few questions and gave me medication, told me to return in 2 months. All over in a 10 minute appointment.

Last year my daughter was obviously suffering too. One day I visited and she was very distressed, had self harmed by scratching at her arms and chest. That afternoon a Lady from Mental Crisis Team visited. She was understanding, listened to my daughter and spent over 2 hours with her. My daughter was given help, empathy and knew she had a contact if necessary. When you have a support, it makes you feel you have the strength to go forward.

18 months later my daughter is strong, positive, laughs and knows that if she has a wobbly moment , someone is there to listen and help

Mother and Grandmother with Baby

Get Involved

Find a collection of all the events that are being held within the Perinatal Team across East London and Luton & Bedfordshire.

Little Village

Little Village has hubs in north & south London. They collect clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. They accept donations of excellent-condition, pre-loved items, which are passed on to families who need support. The items are a gift, given with love, from one family to another.

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Lloyd Park Children's charity

Our baby bank supports families in Waltham Forest and beyond who are in urgent need of help. We rely solely on donations from the community, a gift from one local family to another.

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Made for Mums

It’s very common for new mums to feel overwhelmed, low and even a bit weepy in the first couple of weeks after birth. So common, in fact, that there’s actually a name for it, the baby blues. And it’s not surprising: You’re knackered, you’re sore, you’re bleeding (whether you had a caesarean or not) and, instead of being able to sleep it all off, you’re faced with the 24-hour responsibility of caring for a whole new – and right now very needy – person. While the weepiness and blues should be quite short-lived, it may take a while longer before you can ditch the overwhelmed bit.

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Parents in Mind

Local volunteers to support women experiencing emotional health difficulties in pregnancy.

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Postnatal mental health - Talking about mental health

Sara, Holly and Kate talk about their experience of mental health problems after pregnancy and becoming mothers.

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Checking your pregnancy and maternity rights

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Pregnancy Sickness Support

Our national support network is for sufferers of NVP and HG and their carers, which is growing and developing constantly and making a huge difference to women all around the country. Our leaflets and website also provide a valuable resource for those suffering. We are also working hard to raise awareness about Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum with the public, the media and Health Care Professionals (HCP's) and are involved in ongoing research into the cause and treatment of NVP and HG and the psychological impact for sufferers and their families.

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Guardian Society

Useful articles about perinatal health from the Guardian newspaper 2020-21 

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Grow baby

A welcoming and relaxing space for Hackney based children and their carers, where everyone can make friends and find support. We welcome parents, childminders, nannies, grandparents and anyone else looking after under-fives. There is always plenty for toddlers to play with and lots of chat amongst the parents and carers.

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Online Information for Expectant Families

An A-Z of parental concerns. 

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Bump Buddies

Bump Buddies brings together pregnant women in Hackney and experienced local mums, for support and sharing through times of change.

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Unplanned Pregnancy support

Choices supports women and their partners through unplanned pregnancy, with concerns following abortion, and gives practical and emotional help with parenting. We provide counselling for women in prison, and we offer relationships courses.

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Parents in MIND, 1st 1000 Days New Parent Support

Our mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, to have the best possible experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

We do this through three interconnected aims:

  • Sharing knowledge - informing parents' decisions
  • Creating networks - forging vital friendships
  • Harnessing voices - changing public policy and attitudes for good.

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Website with helpful and friendly information that explains postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health problems, including possible causes, treatments and support options. Also has information for friends and family, including support and advice for partners.

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Providing a healthy, happy start for young children helps lay the foundations for a brighter future where children flourish throughout childhood and beyond.

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The Homerton Health Visiting Service

The Homerton Health Visiting Service is here to support you and your family in Hackney and the City during pregnancy, birth and parenthood. The service will now be offering video appointments in addition to face to face and telephone appointments.

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The Salvation Army Ilford

Ilford Salvation Army is a Church and Community Hub based in the heart of Ilford. We run a wide range of activities, and in everything are motivated by showing God's love to the people of Ilford

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PANDAS is a community offering peer-to-peer support for you, your family and your network.

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Shoreditch Trust

Shoreditch Trust works closely with women around their priorities in pregnancy and motherhood. They support engagement with local services, access to resources, including a team of volunteer befrienders and mentors, and development of new knowledge and skills to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of women and their children.

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Lara Roberts

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