Sakina means peace in Arabic. 

It's something we all hope for, but for expectant or new mothers, peace can be something that's hard to find. 

The change to our bodies and our lives when we welcome a new baby can be both wonderful and challenging. While we feel it should be the happiest of times, that's not always the reality.

You're not alone though, we're here for you and can help you if you're struggling.

Who is this service for?

If you're pregnant, or you're a mother to a child under two years of age, then the Sakina Project is here for you.

To access our support you must be

  • aged 18+
  • living in Middlesbrough

What we can do to help you

As an expectant or new mother, it's common to feel isolated or sad. You may feel as though you've lost your identity a little or that you're struggling to connect with other people as easily. 

Some new mothers can experience anxiety or depression. It's important to remember though, that you're not alone and there are lots of other new mothers feeling exactly the same.

Through The Sakina Project we can help you by

  • understanding what you're finding hard and working with you to find a way through it
  • providing support that works for you 
  • helping you find social activities that work for you and your baby 
  • working with you to boost your confidence and self esteem
  • linking you to peer support groups so you can meet with other mothers in a similar situation to share experiences

How do we deliver this service?

Our team can meet with you at our offices, a community outreach location of your choice or at home if you prefer.

We can be flexible to suit you and your needs.

How can you access this service?

You can speak to your GP, midwife, health visitor or community nurse and ask them to refer you to our project.

Or, if you prefer, we can meet you online or we can provide telephone support.

Or you can call us on 01642 257020 or email sakina@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk to find out more about the service and how we can help you.

Resources you may find useful

We know how important it is to have clear information or somewhere to turn quickly when you need some extra support.

So, here are a few resources to help you straight away

NCT

https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/resources/mums-and-families/

https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/perinatal-mental-health-toolkit.aspx

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