The Parent-Infant Mental Health Alliance Malta (PIMHA) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation which supports individuals suffering from mental health issues experienced from the time of conception to the postpartum period, as well supporting their relationships and the wellbeing of their infants.
The main aim of the PIMHA Malta is to address issues surrounding perinatal mental health by raising public and political awareness, further educating health care professionals and to advocate for those who seek support within the public and private sector.
In an exclusive interview with Newsbook.com.mt, President Dr Ethel Felice explained that the NGO was launched last August with the aim of dealing with the mental health of parents as well as their children and infants.
“We are very aware of what mother and fathers can go through in this time,” she says, “We would like to raise awareness about this. Society thinks it should be a happy time. But for one in five mothers, it is not.”
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This is Part 1 of a two-part interview. Part 2 will be uploaded on Thursday 12th December.