Torbay Maternal Mental Health Project

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Aleksandra Burckett, a Healthwatch Torbay Project Administrator, writes:

My organisation is currently working on Maternal Mental Health Project. We understand that having a baby is one of the biggest life choices you can make. This can affect both the person who is giving birth and their partner’s mental health.

Healthwatch Torbay wants to know more about people’s experiences of mental health support when planning to get pregnant, during pregnancy, at the birth of their child and afterwards.
In particular, we are trying to gather experiences from people often considered to be seldom heard, focusing on those whose English is not their first language.

Would you be interested in sharing with us your experiences by completing very short survey?

If YES, please contact me on aleksandra.burckett@healthwatchtorbay.org.uk. Many Thanks !’

And in Polish:

Witam wszystkich,
Mam na imie Aleksandra Burckett i pracuje dla organizacji ktora zajmuje sie badaniem opinii publicznej (Healtwatch Torbay). Obecnie badamy opinie publiczna na temat serwisow swidczacych uslugi w zakresie zdrowia umyslowego/psychicznego. Na przyklad, serwisy ktore pomagaja ludziom wyjsc z depresji, zredukowac stres itd.
Przyjscie na swiat dziecka moze miec wplyw na nasze zdrowie umyslowe. Kobiety a takze ich partnerzy czesto zmagaja sie z ogromnym stresem, depresja poporodowa, sa niezmiernie zmeczeni. To wszystko moze miec wplyw na ich zdrowie umyslowe. Moja organizacja jest zainteresowania waszymi doswiadczeniami z otrzymanego badz nie otrzymanego wsparcia podczas gdy zmagaliscie sie/ a moze nadal sie zmagacie ze stresem/depresja ktora doswiadczeliscie gdy:
– Spodziewaliscie sie dziecka
– Zostaliscie swiezo upieczonymi rodzicami
– Przez pierwsze 3 lata od narodzin waszego dziecka

W szczegolnosci jestesmy zainteresowani zbadaniem opinii u osob ktorych angielski nie jest jezykiem urzedowym.
Jesli jestes zainteresowany w wzieciu udzialu w naszych badanich, prosze napisz do mnie na aleksandra.burckett@healthwatchtorbay.org.uk. Wziecie udzialu w badaniach to wypelnienie krotkiego kwestionariusza ktore zajmie Tobie tylko 5 minut. Z gory dziekuje J

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(Author)

Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!