Our story

The Hearts and Minds Partnership is a collective of three perinatal mental health charities: Acacia - The Midlands, Bluebell Care - South West and Smile Group - North West.

We’re not a membership organisation, but a thriving community of grassroots perinatal mental health services committed to sharing learning and creating a coherent voice for our sector.

Our programme of work focuses around:

  • The creation of an England-wide interactive map of quality VCS perinatal mental health services, to enable signposting to parents and healthcare professionals
  • The development of trusted spaces to share learning, make new connections and talk about the challenges we collectively face
  • The creation and delivery of dedicated training to support the practical realities of growing, developing and sustaining a VCS perinatal service.
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The three charities came together, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, with shared values and a vision to help connect, support and celebrate Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) perinatal mental health charities across England.

The team

Nat Nuttall

Nat Nuttall

Nat Nuttall is the Lead Partnership Coordinator. She is a mum of two and co-founder of perinatal mental health charity, Smile Group, based in the North West.

Nat has lived experience of postnatal depression as well as growing a grassroots charity from scratch. She sees a great opportunity in the partnership’s work to connect, support and celebrate all the wonderful voluntary sector organisations in the perinatal mental health community.

Jo Bussey

Jo Bussey

Jo Bussey is the Midlands Coordinator. She is mum to two boys, the eldest of whom was born at 26 weeks, spent 3½ months in neonatal care and lives with long term health conditions.

Jo is driven to raise awareness and advocate for the impact of these experiences on parental wellbeing and mental health, based on her own lived experience.

Jo Love

Jo Love

Jo Love is the South West Coordinator. She is also a mental health campaigner, author and trainee psychotherapist.

She is a Mum of one and has lived experience of postnatal depression, anxiety and OCD. She is passionate about supporting mums and families in the perinatal period.

Hearts and Minds Blog

Find out more about the work of the Hearts & Minds Partnership, further information about perinatal mental health and discussion topics about grassroots VCS services by having a look at our blog