Making time for Mum

During Postnatal Depression Awareness Week (17th-23rd November) over 100 women from the Manning area attended 'Mum's Night Off', a night for Mums to enjoy being pampered, listening to live music and dancing, all whilst learning about self-care and positive mental health strategies.

Attendees received information on mental health and parenting, including how to talk to children about mental illness, talking to children about emotions and sources of further information. To add to the fun there was a photo booth and free bags of products, magazines and other products kindly donated by the events supporters.

The event was part of the Making Time for Mum initiative which promotes the benefits of mums looking after themselves as well as positive mental health strategies. The event was coordinated by Manning Support Services and HNELHD Women's Health, and supported by the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and Safe Start (Manning MHS), as well as numerous businesses within the Manning community.

'Mum's Time Events' aim to target expectant and new mums and to provide information about prenatal mental health while offering a time of fun, relaxation and pampering. The key message is the value of support networks and that recovery is possible. For more information visit the Making Time for Mum Facebook page or contact Manning Support Services on 02 6551 1800.



RAMHP Worker Kylie Atkinson with Debbie Williams from SafeSmart enjoying the photo booth.