A SUPPORT project is being launched for mothers in a post-natal depression hotspot.
Wrexham based charity Advance Brighter Futures helps people whose lives are affected by mental health problems.
Lorissa Roberts, acting manager of the charity, says as many as one in 10 new mothers suffer from post-natal depression and the charity has already had 20 referrals relating to women suffering from post-natal depression in Caia Park.
Ms Roberts was speaking at a meeting of Caia Park Community Council where the charity applied for a sum of just under £5,000 to fund the community project.
She said: “Our charity accepts referrals from secondary medical health teams.
“A lot of our referrals come from Caia Park. It is a hotspot for mental health issues.
“We previously ran a ‘pilot’ to help those with moderate mental health issues in the community, which was quite successful.
“We offer lifestyle coaching, it’s having the support you need to realise your goals.
“What we’re hoping to do with the money is something larger than that.
“We found out that post-natal depression was a big issue in Caia Park.
“One woman was agoraphobic and suffering post-natal depression and we helped her with getting out the door.
“We arranged for her to meet us at Wrexham Library and she came, so we know that it works.
“What we do is completely different to the health board. They use a medical method where as we use a human approach.
“It’s not something the health board is funding at the moment and we receive referrals from them a lot.”
Whitegate councillor Brian Cameron told the meeting: “We do know there are people out there suffering, so with what I’ve heard tonight I’m more than happy in principle to support giving the full amount.”
The community council unanimously agreed to approve funding.
Chairman Marc Jones declared an interest as a trustee of Advanced Brighter Futures and left the room while the application was heard.