Pathways to improving mental health

The PATH – (PerinAtal menTal Health) study hopes to enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild/moderate perinatal mental illness (PMI) via radical system change, developing an inclusive, holistic health structure which is co-created with existing patients & expectant/new parents.

As Dr Rosarii Harte, KMPTs Interim Executive medical director explains: “10-20 per cent of women suffer from mental ill health following birth and up to a year after, of which around 90 per cent of these women do not receive the support they need.

The PATH project will deliver a multi-media campaign to raise awareness of and de-stigmatise PMI and promote prepared parenting, reaching 600,000.

Through this project we will produce a suite of online resources and face-to-face training for health professionals in order to increase their confidence to recognise PMI symptoms and provide appropriate care. Alongside this will be resources for employers, helping them to support the return to work of new mums.”

Funded by the Interreg VA 2Seas programme The PATH Study opened in KMPT on the 1 February 2019 and runs until the 30 September 2022.

It receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund, has a budget of over €8.5 million and involves partners from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

We are delighted to be led in this project by The Health and Europe Centre and working with the following organisations.

  • Plymouth and District MIND (UK)
  • Southampton City Council (UK)
  • Odisee University College (BE)
  • Kent County Council (UK)
  • Institute of Health Visiting (UK)
  • Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust (UK)
  • Hospital Centre of Douai (FR)
  • Antwerp University of Applied Sciences (BE)
  • Bournemouth University (UK)
  • Ngo Attachment in Development (BE)
  • Maasstad Hospital (NL)
  • Antwerp University Hospital (BE)