Weʼre raising £500 to give to BrightPIP's work with vulnerable babies and their parents.
- Brighton UK
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Brighton Parent Infant Psychological Therapy (BrightPIP) has a vision to change the future, one baby at a time. We want every baby in our community to grow up feeling safe, secure and loved. Our mission is to intervene at the earliest time with families to prevent maltreatment and support parents to have positive relationships with their children.
Every year, over 400 babies born in Brighton, are at risk of having 'insecure attachment'. This means that sadly these babies do not feel safe with their parents. This can be due to, for example, psychological impact of a premature baby, perinatal depression or anxiety, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder following traumatic birth and many more types of trauma mums and dads can experience during pregnancy and beyond. Our families’ lives are often extra hard due to domestic abuse, poverty, poor quality parental relationships and unstable housing. Often parents have experienced high levels of childhood trauma in the form of abuse or neglect. They are not able to respond to their child’s needs as they have no experience of good parenting or were themselves in Care as children.
'The first reason I founded BrightPIP is because when I became a parent (nearly 15 years ago) I realised how incredibly hard it is! I really struggled with feeling so anxious and unsure that it was hard to understand and be sensitive to my baby. I was lucky to get the support I needed. The second reason is that as a Child Psychologist working with parents with more stress and far less support I thought 'how do we expect parents to cope?'. Adapting to being a new parent is very tough. Parenting is pretty much the most important and influential job we can ever do - and also the toughest job. If we value future generations, we need to cherish today's parents. We have a child mental health epidemic in this country and some of these difficulties can be quickly and effectively prevented by working with parents and their babies offering the right support early on.'
Trustee, Suzie Van Der Westhuron and Kerry Taylor will be running 10K on the Brighton marathon weekend. 850 pounds will help pay for the cost of running a Mellow Bumps group for vulnerable mums to be across the city. This will be held at a Children's Centre.
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