Media Release: NHS Lothian gets ready for Bluebell Day

AS Bluebell Day takes place tomorrow (6th June), NHS Lothian is supporting the UK
awareness campaign by holding a mental health conference ‘Hand in Hand’, in
collaboration with Crossreach*.

Bluebell Day, now in its third year, is the UK’s first awareness campaign created to
raise the problem of postnatal depression (PND) in Scotland.

The conference will provide a platform for NHS Lothian, to work with the postnatal
depression project Crossreach, to explore the current provision of perinatal health
services cross Scotland.

The perinatal mental health conference is open to anyone with an interest or
practice base in this particular area of mental health.

Linda Irvine, programme manager for Mental Health and Well-being, NHS Lothian, said:
“NHS Lothian is committed to seeing wider awareness for postnatal depression in
Scotland. This conference is a great opportunity for those attending to learn more
about the services on offer, and have the opportunity to actively participate in
workshops throughout the afternoon.”

Gillian Wilson, team leader, Perinatal Mental Health Service, NHS Lothian, said: “I
am really excited about the benefits the conference today will bring. The title
‘Hand in Hand’ reflects the theme of the conference, which will centre around the
impact of maternal health on infant mental health and development.

“Postnatal depression is one form of perinatal mental illness. For many women with
support and by talking to someone, such as a health visitor, the symptoms can and
will get better.”

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