PATH EU funding

Value of EU Grant - £4.5 million

Name of funding programme - Interreg 2 Seas Mers Zeeen PATH2 Programme

Start and end dates - March 2019 to March 2022

The PATH programme involves 13 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium.

The project will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues (PMI).

The programme will prepare parents to help prevent the development of mental health issues after their baby arrives.

Logo image for the Interreg 2 Seas Mers Zeeen PATH project
  • Health in Europe
  • Plymouth and District MIND (United Kingdom)
  • Southampton City Council (United Kingdom)
  • Odisee University College (Belgium)
  • Kent County Council (United Kingdom)
  • Institute of Health Visiting (United Kingdom)
  • Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust (United Kingdom)
  • Hospital Centre of Douai (France)
  • Antwerp University of Applied Sciences (Belgium)
  • Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
  • Ngo Attachment in Development (Belgium)
  • Maasstad Hospital (The Netherlands)
  • Antwerp University Hospital (Belgium)

The anticipated aims are to:

  • enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild/moderate PMI by making major changes to the system
  • develop an inclusive and integrated health structure, which is driven and co-created with existing patients and expectant/ new parents in mind.

The anticipated objectives are to design, deliver and implement new online and face to face services to increase recognition, preparation and prevention of PMI for new families and their mental health wellbeing.

  • 600,000 relevant people accessing PATH services giving them increased knowledge of/confidence to discuss PMI, better preparation for parenthood and a positive increase in mental wellbeing.
  • 50% improvement in perinatal mental health against averages of perinatal mental illness ensuring more secure and stable families.
  • €1.1 billion saving via 15,000 mums not suffering with perinatal mental illness.
  • increased societal support for new families via new inter-generational, community and employer services.
  • improved online resources available to women and families about preparing, preventing, recognising perinatal mental illness.
  • a county wide multi-media campaign to raise awareness and de-stigmatise perinatal mental illness and promote prepared parenting.
  • online resources for health professionals and employers.
  • improved awareness across the population of mental wellbeing.
  • opportunities for partners in Kent to benefit from shared learning with european partners and through the coproduction of resources with the targeted groups.