UWS graduate instrumental in creating an online support group for new parents

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Emma McKinnon, who studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus, is helping to provide vital support for women after creating an online support group for new parents as part of her role with an Inverclyde counselling organisation.

Emma told the Greenock Telegraph: “There were no support groups after I had children and I know it would’ve been so beneficial to be in an environment with like-minded individuals.

“Training and studying prepares you for the job, but having lived experience really lets you know what someone could be going through.

Emma McKinnon

“I am able to share my own experiences with those who are going through similar times and offer my support, which can make such a difference to someone who might not want to confess their feelings.

“All too often parents, particularly mums, might think they are bad people when they are struggling with mental ill health in pregnancy or during the first postnatal year.

“The more we can to do normalise these conversations the sooner we can support as many people in Inverclyde as possible.

“I just want people to know that they aren’t alone and hope that nobody suffers in silence.”

Emma is now a therapist at Greenock-based Charity MindMosaic who provide counselling and therapy service to people in Inverclyde. MindMosaic have a passionate belief in the positive benefits that a therapeutic intervention can have in bringing about personal growth and development, empowering individuals and improving relationships.

Having had difficult pregnancies previously, during her third pregnancy Emma reached out to Inverclyde’s perinatal mental health team for help.

“I don’t know what I’d have done without the support of the perinatal mental health team.

“I learned so much and it made such a massive difference to me.

“They let me know that these feelings I had were normal.

Initially the online support group will be aimed at new mums, however a separate group for new dads is in the process of being set up too.

For more information about the group or to speak to someone at MindMosaic, call 01475 892208 or visit www.mindmosaic.co.uk

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