Improving the mental health and wellbeing of mothers of young children

We recently did some insight research for Stoke on Trent City Council who were at the early stages of developing an intervention to maintain and improve the mental health and wellbeing of women with young children living in the most deprived areas of the city. The mental health of this audience being particularly important due to the impact poor mental health and wellbeing can have on parenting and on the child over time and across generations.

Part of our research explored the potential of The Five Ways to Wellbeing – a set of evidence-based messages aimed at improving the mental health of the whole population – to support this audience to increase their levels of wellbeing. Our research process involved interviews with stakeholders and twenty mothers of young children in Stoke (conducted by our qualitative research partner Skyrocket research). Here are our key findings and conclusions: Continue reading