PEER SUPPORT AND CRISIS SUPPORT
MUMS' SUPPORT FORUM
This is a private, closed group for women and birthing parents who have had or are currently experiencing cancer during pregnancy or the postnatal period. Anyone who is eligible for our support can join the forum at any point. Some of our mums contribute regularly, but some prefer to observe or just ask occasional questions. The forum is a mutually supportive peer resource, and some users have described it as their ‘Mummy’s Star Family’. A whole range of topics, worries, sadness and celebrations are discussed and shared and there is always someone around for a bit of company, day or night.
No medical advice is given on the forum and you are strongly encouraged to engage with your healthcare team regarding any medical concerns.
Everybody's diagnosis, treatment and side effects are different and what choice might be right for one person may not be right for another. Always discuss your worries and questions with your own healthcare team before acting on any ideas you may get from reading our forum posts.
This forum is facilitated by Mummy's Star Monday to Friday, during office hours.
We are not a 24-hour or crisis service, so if you require immediate or emergency support,
During Forum facilitation, if an Information and Support Worker notices that someone is having a particularly difficult time, they may email or private message that person to see if there is any further, individualised support we can offer.
Running alongside our main forum, we also have a forum for any of our mum’s who have suffered pregnancy/baby loss, secondary/incurable/terminal diagnosis, and for anyone experiencing a cancerous form of Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD), sometimes referred to as molar pregnancy. We know these circumstances often require a unique kind of support. Please note, the amount of activity on these forums is dependent on the number of current users and can not be guaranteed.
We also have access to an external support forum for partners.
CRISIS SUPPORT SERVICES
If you are in immediate danger: DIAL 999
Emergency Mental Health Line: 111, Choose Option 2
Samaritans 24hr Helpline: 116 123
Shout Crisis Text Line: text 'SHOUT' to 85258
24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Childline: 0800 1111 7.30am-3.30am