Date: 29th April 2019

Venue: The MAC, Belfast



We believe that the health and wellbeing of every family is inextricably linked to the health and wellbeing of the parents. It is estimated that 1 in 10 parents will suffer with a mental illness after the birth of a child, though this figure may actually be closer to 1 in 5. In Northern Ireland, 80% of women will have no access to specialist care if they are diagnosed with a perinatal mental illness.

Our conference aims to educate and raise awareness of perinatal mental health issues and to encourage collaboration to improve services for families in Northern Ireland living with a mental illness. We are bringing together people from a wide range of backgrounds from parents to health professionals to politicians with the aim of ensuring that every parent suffering can get access to the right care at the right time. 

This event is co-ordinated by a group of five volunteers who are passionate about this particular topic. We believe that the power of collaboration can help us make a real difference and we invite you all to join us in making sure families in Northern Ireland are receiving the care they deserve during one of the most challenging times in their lives. 



Born in Harare, Zimbabwe to a Mozambican father and a Motswana mother, Bybit Areketa is a 34 year old single mother of two. Her oldest child is her 14-year-old son Mmpho, followed by her 8-year-old daughter Manna. Bybit holds a degree in Psychological Counselling and she is highly passionate about Mental and Emotional Wellness. She has hosted and taken part in several events to do with emotional wellness and she recently founded a Trust known as the Mental and Emotional Wellness Trust
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Seána Talbot is the Manager of Saol Úr Sure Start.

She has been a maternity campaigner & an NCT volunteer for over 20 years. As well as her current roles, she previously worked in the Family Policy Unit in the Department of Health and she also held responsibility for commissioning Maternal and Child Health Services in the Southern Health & Social Services Board.

She currently chairs the Maternity Services Liaison Committees in Belfast and Southern Trusts
Shona is a Consultant Midwife in Northern Trust. She has also been a lifelong campaigner for the improvement of mental health services for new mothers.
Tom started to work for AWARE in September 2009. Tom has 30 years clinical and management experience as a mental health professional working within the Belfast Trust area.

Aware is a member of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance UK and Northern Ireland Perinatal mental health forum and are very actively involved in promoting and lobbying for improvements in Perinatal mental health services across Northern Ireland.
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