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13 May 2003





Five new multi-cultural booklets aimed at improving the emotional health needs of non-English speaking mothers have been produced by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The pictorial books - in Urdu, Chinese, Arabic, Somali and Bengali – are designed for use by health professionals, such as health visitors, to aid detection of emotional distress and postnatal depression in non English speaking mothers.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Research and Practice Development, Cheryll Adams said: ‘These booklets are probably the first in the country to be produced in this way. They address the very real problems facing mothers from these communities who can be very isolated from health services if they don’t speak English’.

There are also posters to accompany the books which can be hung up in surgeries and clinics.’

These books were developed by Abi Sobowale, a health visitor employed by the Sheffield South West Primary Care Trust, and are supported by the Department of Health and the National Institute for Mental Health.

A set of five posters accompanies the booklets. They are designed to be hung in surgeries and clinics and encourage mothers with symptoms of depression to seek professional help.

Copies of the booklets and posters can be obtained from T.G.Scott subscriber services. Tel: 01732 886422. Email:



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA website: amicus-cphva.org

The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union