Kirsty Cox, Chair, Friends Of The Neonatal Unit – Aberdeen, Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week Spokeswoman

 I had Twin boys born at 25 weeks.  Sadly Aiden passed away after a short time but his twin Kai went on to spend a long time in the neonatal unit before coming home. He’s now 8 years and amazing!  

I’m passionate about supporting mental health.  It’s not until you come home that it can really hit you as you spend so long on auto pilot just dealing with each situations as it comes hour by hour.  We at Friends of The Neonatal Unit, want to make sure that parents, staff and sibling mental heath is looked after. It’s ok not to be and to ask for support, we all have different experiences in the unit be that as a parent, family member or staff member and each one is important and valued! 

Being there to support each other, know where to access additional support and talking about it is so important.  I’m lucky to have the support of my family, friends and the special neonatal families & staff I have met along the way. They kept me up went I needed them weather I knew it at the time or not.

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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