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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:



For further information or copies of the booklets, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

Cheryll Adams ( 07712 67 82 81


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The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.


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Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

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Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.