An event in the UK Parliament to raise awareness of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

This blog has been written by the IFWIP Founder, Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay, Consultant Obstetrician.



I am very pleased to announce that I have a great opportunity to organise the following event at the House of Commons (#HopeDec10):


‘Importance of addressing Mental Wellbeing during Pregnancy’ 

Monday 10th December 2018, 12.30 pm – 5.30 pm

House of Commons (UK Parliament)


I am very grateful to the following MPs who have kindly sponsored the venue:

Mr Richard Harrington MP (Watford)

Mr Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham)

Mr Norman Lamb MP (North Norfolk)


Background and aims

This event is dedicated to all the mothers and their families affected by the Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) illnesses and aims at raising awareness on Maternal Mental health in the wider community by engaging people from all walks of life in the society.

The previous two years’ event (#HopeDec09 & #HopeNov20) were highly successful and well received by the attendees.


The Event

There would be a series of lectures aimed at all the members of our culturally diverse society.

The distinguished speakers would include:

–   Mr. Richard Harrington MP

–   Mr. Tim Loughton MP

–   Mr. Norman Lamb MP

–   Vicki Psarias-Broadbent (Author, ‘Mumboss’) 

–   Dr. A Elmardi (Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Kuwait)

–   Dr. S Majumdar (Scottish Patient Safety Fellow & Consultant ENT Surgeon)

–   Dr. Ramya Mohan (Consultant Psychiatrist, Singer, Composer)

–   Hala Jawad (Community Pharmacist)

–   Vanessa Garrity (Mental Health Nurse)

–   Lindsay Robinson (Mother & PMH Campaigner)



Every member of the society from any professional background is welcome to attend.

You don’t have to be working in the NHS or in the field of Perinatal Mental Health for attending the event.


Booking and further information

To book a place and for further information/ press enquiries, please email:


The event is free to attend but only limited places are available at the venue. Therefore, you are strongly advised to apply soon.


Please note that the attendees need to make their own arrangements for travel and refreshments as there is no funding available for catering or reimbursing the travel expenses.



Expression of Interests is invited for volunteers to help run the event on the day.

The volunteer should be willing to stay throughout the duration of the event (1pm-6pm). Please send an email to




I am very grateful to all my wonderful friends in the social media for their continuous support, encouragement and valuable advice.


Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay