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Support group distribute care packages for mums struggling with mental health

A support group in Harrogate have been putting together 'care packages' for mums who may be struggling with their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hey Mama is a peer support community for mums struggling with mental health issues, providing support groups across Harrogate, Shipley and Idle.

The group have begun distributing 'care packages' containing items with self-care and mental health in mind, such as luxury chocolate, face masks and Yorkshire tea among other treats.

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Hey Mama have received support for their project from Tesco Community Fund, Two Ridings Community Foundation and Yorkshire Tea, allowing them to put the care packages together.

They will also be working with other local groups to distribute the packages, including The Village Baby Bank and Ready Steady Mums.

Jo McGregor, Volunteer Peer Supporter at Hey Mama, said:

"The packs contain treats for mums, rather than for their children or babies, and have been put together with mental health and self-care in mind.

They contain things such as bullet journals, affirmation cards, chocolate ("posh" stuff that hopefully the children won't want to share!), tea, and face masks. Plus a simple postcard signposting to the Hey Mama online info, just for reference for them."

[caption id="attachment_3029" align="alignnone" width="1215"] Hey Mama are aiming to support mums struggling with their mental health across Harrogate, Shipley and Idle.[/caption]

Hey Mama have been able to put together 40 packs to be distributed across the Harrogate area, with many more created for Shipley and Idle.

The group also hope to be able to hold their usual face-to-face meetings again soon, when it is safe to do so, but wanted to provide support for local mums struggling with their mental health as we enter a second national lockdown.

Jo added:

"We'll of course have to follow strict procedures and guidance to make any meetings as safe as possible, but as we enter this tough month of lockdown, we'd like as many mums to know that if they are struggling with mental illness they're not alone."

Hey Mama have started a crowdfunding page to allow them to support more mums across the Harrogate, Shiple and Idle areas during lockdown, which can be found here.

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