Easing isolation after birth

Mummy Link Up has been nominated for a community award. Mummy Link Up is a community and wellbeing initiative, formed during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ease the isolation that new mothers often feel after giving birth.

Mummy Link Up is run by Wunmi Babalola, who engages with the community in both online and face to face meetings and hosts health talks for parents to get together to talk about their experiences, which helps to break the isolation new mothers are often faced with post-birth. Funds are often raised from events which then contribute towards the running of the group.

Initiatives that Mummy Link Up currently run include the provision of hospital bags for women who lose their babies during the birth. The charity also organises get-togethers between mothers and parents to help ease isolation and share ideas about parenting.

The Kent Mental Wellbeing awards is an annual event designed to showcase the people, organisations and initiatives that help us cope with life. The event’s three themes are: kindness and compassion; wellbeing; mental health.

Whether it is in school, business, community or family, so many of us have been lucky to have people and organisations with ideas, tips and tactics to help us cope. It is time to celebrate those mental health and well-being champions in our community and share this best practice.

The awards will be staged in October by the mental health charity Mind in Bexley and East Kent in collaboration with a range of wellbeing and mental health organisations.

Nominations can be linked to a simple act of kindness that lifted the spirits, a business that has improved staff wellbeing, through to a targeted initiative delivered by a charity or statutory organisation to support a mental health issue.

The event is sponsored by Kent County Council, Kent Community Foundation, ADM Computing, GrainLNG – National Grid, Medway Council, Optyma Security, Ble Global, Wave Community Bank, Cactus Graphics and CommunityAid.

Submit nominations at www.kentmentalwellbeingawards.org.uk  For awards news follow @KentMWAwards on Facebook and X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.