Who can get  a  Mum  Befriender?

The Cherish Project's,  Mum Befriender Service is for women in their perinatal period. This is the time during pregnancy until your baby is about one.

You are eligible for this service if you live in the Scottish Borders and are struggling with your mental or emotional health and well-being or if you have been diagnosed with a low to moderate level perinatal mental illness (like postnatal depression or anxiety). We can also support mums when your personal circumstances mean you may be vulnerable to developing a perinatal mental illness.

The following questions may help you identify if the service is for you, however if you’re still not sure please get in touch and we can discuss your situation.

  • Are you pregnant or do you have a baby under the age of one?

  • Are you concerned about depression/anxiety?

  • Are you worried about bonding with your baby?

  • Have you been diagnosed with mild to moderate perinatal mental illness?

  • Have you lost interest in things or are you feeling really slowed down?

  • Are you staying at home a lot or feeling unable to/worried about going out?

  • Are you feeling anxious or stressed about things that they normally wouldn’t?

  • Have you suffered mild to moderate mental health problems in the past?

  • Are you on medication for depression/anxiety?

  • Do you have a limited support networks and/or are you feeling alone?

  • Did you have/Are you having difficulties during your pregnancy?

  • Did you find the birth traumatic?


If you answer yes to one or more of the above the Cherish Project Mum Befrienders may well be able to support you. You can make a self-referral here.

Refer yourself!

Unlike other service, you are able to self-refer to our service if you meet our referral criteria at any point within your perinatal period. You are able to do this in three ways:


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