Open House

Antenatal and postnatal peer support group

A safe and non-judgemental space for mothers experiencing mental health / emotional difficulties. 

The group is a friendly, welcoming and supportive with an ethos of being non-judgmental and a safe place for mums to discuss how they are truly feeling.

  • No Booking required, just turn up
  •  Children are welcome, we have toys for them to play with
  • Refreshments are provided

Group Sessions

Group sessions are help fortnightly at The Vine Community Centre from 10am to 12pm. Refreshments are provided. 


Facebook Group

Open House has a closed Facebook group which can be found by searching Open House Nottingham Closed Group or clicking the Facebook symbol. The group members have all had experiences of maternal mental health difficulties and can offer peer support to others. 

We are often able to signpost to other sources of support. 

Please note Open House Nottingham is run by volunteers who are not trained health care professionals. 

Closed Facebook Group

When requesting to join the closed group, you will be asked                                               a couple of simple personal questions. 


Open Group

About Us

Open House was set up in February 2012 by two mothers who both experienced severe  postnatal depression in 2010 and required inpatient treatment at the Margerat Oats Mother and baby unit in Nottingham.

The group has grown to a peer support drop in session for parents experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD and other mental health difficulties.

We believe that by bringing maternal mental health out into the open and talking about it will help to reduce the stigma attached to both prenatal and postnatal depression, reduce the isolation that many mothers may be experiencing and increase their self-esteem.

Open house joined The Vine Community Centre in January 2023 as part Freeing Minds Counselling project.


Contact Us

T | Call 0115 9249 700

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Our Team

Geraldine - Lead
Zoe - Volunteer
Sharon - Project Support

Common Symptoms

  • Feeling sad, low mood or tearful much of the time
  • Feeling agitated or irritable towards partner, baby or other other children
  • Loss of interest in the world around you
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of appetite or over eating
  • Negative thoughts such as feeling you are not a good enough mum, can’t look after your baby, your baby doesn’t love you
  • Feeling guilt, shame, hopelessness
  • Feeling anxious that something bad may happen to your baby
  • Not bonding with your baby

What to do if you are affected

If you think you may have depression or anxiety talk to your GP, midwife or health visitor as soon as possible so you can access the support you need.

Do not struggle alone and hope the problems will go away. It can continue for months or even years. 

If you are in urgent need of support