Careers in maternal mental health?

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Careers in maternal mental health?

Post by danuutka » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:59 pm

Hello. I am a final year Psychology student, who is on course for a 1st class degree. I spent a year in industry working within an inpatient psychiatric CAMHS unit, and have volunteered with vulnerable youth for about a year. I am also currently involved in mental health based societies at university.

I'm mainly posting this to ask if there are any jobs I could go for that people are aware of, once I graduate. I have a particular interest in maternal mental health, and I am writing my dissertation on this topic. However when I try to research it online, most of the jobs within maternal mental health require a midwifery background.

Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Careers in maternal mental health?

Post by Randomswirls » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:53 pm


Perinatal Mental Health services strikes me as being the most linked service. They tend to employ a number of different professionals including clinical psychologists.

I know there has been a huge amount of investment in this area recently.

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Re: Careers in maternal mental health?

Post by lingua_franca » Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:53 pm

Look for roles in NHS mother and baby units, and also consider the third sector - Women's Aid, supported accommodation for homeless women and their children, etc. They tend to recruit for support workers and mentors fairly often.
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Re: Careers in maternal mental health?

Post by Northernlad » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:27 pm

Many of the IAPT teams I have worked in have also had PWPs/HI therapists working into perinatal pathways.

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