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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 (MMHAW)

LATNEM have loads going on for MMHAW 2022, join us if you can. As usual all of these wonderful events are free of charge to book through Eventbrite and open to all mums and birthing people who need mental health support.

Monday 2nd May
Face to Face LATNEM meeting in Aberdeen here
or Inverurie here

Wednesday 4th May
LATNEM online meeting (Scotland wide)- LATNEM later here

Thursday 5th May
LATNEM online meeting – LATNEM chat online here

Sunday 8th May
LATNEM online creative journaling event here

Mother and Baby mental health Unit more news…

You may have thought we went quiet but no, we are still talking about the MBU!!!

The Scottish Government are holding online discussions to get as many view points as they can.

Please book a spot. Please tell them we matter!!


If the North of Scotland doesn’t raise it’s voice for mums and babies now we might lose the chance to make a HUGE a difference to the lives of families struggling with mental health in our community. Link to book a spot on Eventbrite is here.

The consultation is still open here if you’d rather tell them in writing.

Mother and Baby mental health Unit

The Scottish Government has a consultation on until the end of May and we need your help.

There are 12 specialist in patient beds in Scotland, all of them are concentrated in the central belt in Livingston and Glasgow. This means mums and babies from the North either need to be seperated while mum is inpatient (somewhere like Cornhill or New Craigs) or they have to travel away from their partners, older children, friends and family. It’s not fair. Please fill in the questionnaire if you have a few minutes.

We at LATNEM are trying really hard to get as many people as possible to show them that the women of the North of Scotland matter.

The central belt is already well served and the next biggest population centre is in Grampian.

That’s why we need the new MBU beds here. We will be speaking to the press and trying to raise the profile of this issue, if you have experience of being at the MBU or refusing a space due to having older kids or couldn’t go for some other reason and can talk to us about that experience (or wouldn’t mind being quoted or speaking to the press) please PM the Latnem page or email

The consultation can be completed on the Scottish Government consultation platform or by competing the consultation form and respondent information form and returning it to

Online consultation platform: […/mother-and-baby-unit](

Full text consultation and respondent information form:…/options-increase-mother-baby…/

Easy read consultation and respondent information form:…/options-increase-mother-baby…/

Please share this far and wide.

Scottish Government’s Perinatal Mental Health Enquiry launch

It’s so so so important to speak the truth to the government about what you have experienced. Lived experience should be at the heart of policy and strategy.

“The aim of this inquiry is to explore the key issues facing new mothers during pregnancy and following the birth of a child that can impact mental health. It will consider aspects such as new mother care, breastfeeding support and specialist training. It will also consider the mental health impacts of bereavement from miscarriage and the death of an infant.”

Please consider feeding back by the 24th November. There is an anonymous option to reply.

The link to the inquiry is here

Facebook outage

A Facebook outage is in effect which will impact on our LATNEM page, LATNEM chat peer support group, Instagram and Messenger inbox.

Please contact us via email if anything is urgent otherwise maybe take the enforced social media break as an opportunity to consider which pages and follows are of benefit to you when it comes back.


You may have noticed some changes to the LATNEM pages, don’t worry we aren’t going anywhere but we are making some small adjustments to our branding to be more inclusive.

We are now on amazon smile. If you dont support a charity already, please add us, every little helps!

It’s completely free of charge.


Check out the amazing Perinatal Mental Health Partnership | Facebook page and LATNEM’s social channels for lots of really good content this week.


Are you a mum in the Elgin area who can spare a few hours on the last Friday of the month? Can you speak openly about your own experience with maternal mental health? If yes please consider applying for this volunteer oppourtunity with LATNEM. Applications are open here

UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

UK MMHAW will take place 3-9 May 2021. The theme this year is ‘Journeys to Recovery’ so we at Latnem thought about mums in the NE Scotland for who ‘journey’ to recovery isn’t figurative. Local mums and babies are expected to travel to the central belt for specialist inpatient perinatal mental health care, if a bed can be found. Our co-founder Linsey had to make this arduous journey with her young son. It’s not just the journey, but being far away from friends, family and your support networks at a very difficult time “Because of the distance I wasn’t able to have regular visitors. My husband was still working Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, and my parents were even further away and both still worked” she says. Whilst Linsey is a great supporter of the MBU and recieved excellent care the distance can stop a lot of families from acessing this sometimes life saving unit. It’s particulary difficult if you have more than one child.

The distance between LATNEM HQ in Inverurie and the closest NHS Mother and Baby Mental Health inpatient unit (MBU) in St John’s Hospital, Livingston (a 288 mile round trip).

LATNEM is working hard to highlight this gap in services and support all mums with their mental health in the North East of Scotland.

The amazing Neomamas in Dyce are fundraising for LATNEM and the wonderful team at MISS. If you would like to cover some of the distance and let mums know they aren’t alone why not join in their challenge and donate to these two worthy (we are a little biased) causes here.

To celebrate International Day of Happiness, our amazing LATNEM mums created a playlist FULL of songs that make them smile! 🙂 Listen to the playlist on Spotify via the link, play it loud, dance and be happy ❤

Don’t forget to share the playlist to spread happiness.

LATNEM are proud to announce that we will start a monthly peer support meeting in Elgin, when lock down restrictions ease, to serve our Moray mums.

To allow this expansion we have recruited two new wonderful volunteers who will help out on the zoom calls and face to face meetings. They will be completing some training, keep an eye on the ‘meet the team’ section for details soon.

On the 20th January we turned one, and what a year! We never imagined a pandemic in our first year plan but we have risen to the challenge and, along with a truly fabulous cohort of LATNEM mums, we have survived and made a difference.

Our birthday fundraiser ‘A mile for mummy’ raised a whopping £2,237! Crowdfunding to fund the vital work of LATNEM Maternal Mental Health peer support on JustGiving

Thank you to everyone who took part and donated.

Here’s to year 2 and bigger and better things!

High Street Heroes!

LATNEM’s co founders were absolutely delighted to be recognised as #highstreetheroes on the Roll of Honour list of Scotland’s High Street Heroes for our work during the COVID-19 pandemic!

So touched and proud of us and our amazing LATNEM mums for getting through this together! ❤ Find the full list here.

Latnem in the news

Latnem were featured on STV news on the 9th October at 6pm, talking about how the pandemic has intensified the struggle for mums suffering with maternal mental health.

We are so lucky to know and work with Lesley-Anne, Joanne and Shona who are all featured alongside us.
These WONDERFUL, INSPIRING women are all fighting stigma and pushing for better support for mums with maternal mental ill health.

Working together, we are making a difference ❤

Maternal mental health services MUST improve, and we are driving the change. You can view the story here.

Run Jodie, Run!

The pandemic has meant a massive increase in both the numbers of mums needing support and our costs. We were able to previously operate from a meeting space, generously provided free of charge, at the excellent HomeStart Garioch. Sadly this space couldn’t accommodate the social distancing requirements that staying safe with Covid-19 makes a necessity. We now find ourselves paying over £100 per month to rent a room for a few hours each week at the Garioch Sports Centre. We were delighted when local mum, Jodie Rose-Young, has decided to run a half marathon and raise funds for Latnem. Jodie has so far smashed her £150 initial target with an amazing £720. This amazing amount will allow us to run meetings and help more people. She will be running the Fraserburgh 1/2 marathon route on the 14th November. If you would like to sponsor Jodie to support our work you can do so here.

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