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Wirral’s mum starts mental health support group with yoga, mindfulness and more after ‘struggling’ during pregnancy

ByJulie J. Helfer

Apr 5, 2022

A Wirral mum has launched her own support brand to help children and parents struggling with mental health issues.

Aimee Greaves’ Merseyside Mindful Mammas was created in 2018, after the mother experienced her own mental health issues during pregnancy. A mental health nurse with over 15 years of experience, Aimee’s concept offers a number of services to help bridge the gap, with NHS waiting lists of up to 12 months.

In the official 2020 NHS report, one in six children aged 5-16 identified as having a probable mental disorder, although the figure is expected to have likely risen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic . Merseyside Mindful Mammas aims to tackle this problem by providing mental health services for children, as well as providing useful tools to help parents empower themselves.

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Speaking about the business, Aimee said: “I set up Merseyside Mindful Mammas in 2018 after struggling with my mental health during pregnancy. I realized there was a lack of mental health focused support for children and parents, so I decided to create something that would fill the gap.

Merseyside Mindful Mammas offers a number of services such as children’s mental health sessions, children’s circles and workshops in mindfulness, meditation, yoga and more. For parents, Aimee offers hypnobirthing, women’s circles and workshops, mindfulness, meditation and yoga, womb healing rite, postnatal massage, shamanic healing, mental health awareness and more.

Aimee offers all services either on a 1-2-1 basis, with parents and children together or in groups, with regular events and retreats such as Family Connections, where children and parents participate in holistic activities together. . Aimee also offers a two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid course, where adults can become Youth Mental Health First Aid specialists.

The first aid courses are aimed at anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8 to 18 and teaches people how to listen, reassure and react to possible mental health problems. Aimee equips people with the skills to tackle problems, before they even arise, and people walk away with an internationally recognized mental health first aid qualification.

Aimee said: ‘Since Merseyside Mindful Mammas was set up, I’ve seen a shocking increase in very sad cases. I had children as young as five years old who said they didn’t want to be here and at the same time I saw more mothers having depression. My goal is to help as many children as possible but also parents so that they can be the best for their children.

“I am also very passionate about delivering Mental Health First Aid courses for young people. There is a major problem with the lack of adults able to help children with mental health issues. The more people trained in youth mental health, the better they can detect early signs and prevent crises through early intervention.

Combining science and spirituality, Merseyside Mindful Mammas uses a wide variety of mental health techniques from Aimee’s 15 years of experience as a mental health nurse, as well as practices such as mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Aimee also has extensive experience working with CAMHS (Children & Adult Mental Health Services) and has achieved great results through her work.

Aimee added, “Tackling children’s mental health issues on a 1-2-1 basis through mental health counseling is a big part of what I do, but equally important is working with children. parents. I work with mothers before, during and after pregnancy and I work with children and parents together to strengthen their bond and promote mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Merseyside Mindful Mammas works on a free consultation basis where parents can have a free, no obligation conversation to see if the services may be suitable. There are also regular two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid courses available for £200 for anyone wanting to train in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

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