What we do at Nurture

Nurture is an Irish registered nationwide charity offering timely, affordable professional counselling and supports surrounding pregnancy and childbirth maternal mental health illnesses to women, partners and their families.

Our aim is to Get Women back to Positive Emotional Well Being. The charity’s philosophy is one of listening and supporting individuals and families through counselling, support groups, training and education.

Those who turn to Nurture are seen by a professional counsellor within two weeks of contacting the charity we have No Waiting Lists. In severe cases a woman will be seen within 24 / 48 hours for a professional counselling appointment. We also offer counselling supports via Skype which is more than beneficial to those who may not be able to travel or may not be in our support areas at present.

Nurture with their professional counsellors facilitate a eight week support programme which is truly inspirational for women as they attend this group initially as a stranger and generally leave with life long friends.

Depression relating to pregnancy and childbirth is not linked to age or social status nor is it associated with just women, it affects men too.  Nurture also offers affordable and accessible services to men to overcome pregnancy-related mental health illnesses by offering them counselling support.

Nurture works alongside GP’s, Health professionals, Maternity hospitals, Local HSE primary care teams, Adult mental health services, Public health nurses and Child services, and in conjunction with community groups and other organisations that work in this specific area of mental health.

Annual statistics in Ireland prove that approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with antenatal and postnatal depression. Postpartum psychosis affects approximately one in every 1,000 women. Thousands more women suffer from depression brought on by the death of a baby or fertility problems. More than one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage and around 500 babies die at birth.

Every year Nurture helps hundreds of women, men and their families get back to living a healthy and fulfilling life and our mission is to continue to expand our support services based on our Clients needs over the coming years.

Nurture is extremely grateful to all Organisations that we receive specific funding for and particularly The National Office for Suicide Prevention. Nurture is not funded for the day to day running of our charity and therefore we are reliant on the generosity of the general public and monies we raise from organised fundraising events to continue to provide these front line support services.

Nurture aims to continue to address this hugely TABOO and STIGMATISED area of maternal mental health in Ireland by encouraging people to talk openly about their mental health experiences.

If you would like to talk to a member of our team in Nurture please click here to see how to contact us.

All information is treated with utmost confidentiality

“It really is okay to talk about it”