Light Peer Support
Who we are
Light (Pre and Postnatal Support) is a charity working hard to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of families in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster during pregnancy, birth and afterwards. Light was set up by mums who struggled with their own mental health after the birth of their children, they recognised that there was very little support for women and their families with mild to moderate perinatal mental ill health. Light focuses on the power of peer support and being able to share experiences freely without judgement, with people who have had similar experiences.
The women and men we work with experience a wide range of symptoms. Some feel incredibly guilty, scared, some feel numb, they can feel that their child and family would be better off without them or that they will never be good enough. Others may have had a traumatic birth experience and keep reliving the trauma over and over, or keep constantly crying and not know why. Some struggle to eat, can’t sleep or motivate themselves to do anything. Light exists to help with all of these feelings and more.
Light currently runs peer support groups arcoss Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster for mums and drop in sessions for dads. We also run a one to one support service, have an online forum and have two counsellors seeing mums and dads registered with us.
We would love to do more - our longer term vision is to offer our support to more families right across South Yorkshire and to open a Light Centre providing much needed drop in support, weekly sessions, classes and groups. We rely heavily on donations so any support you can give is invaluable. Thank you.