Cocoon Family Support is a peer led charity that supports expectant and new parents  who are experiencing low mood, poor mental well-being and perinatal mental illness.  


Our services are London based, but anyone can access our services, as long as they can get to them.  We have an open referral system and do not require anyone to have a formal medical diagnosis.  


Find out more about us below. 



our aims and objectives

Inform. Support. Empower

Inform 


  • For expectant and new parents to be informed and educated about perinatal mental illness
  • For professionals working with expectant and new parents to be able to recognise, identify and support those with perinatal mental illness 
  • For there are clear pathways to information, advice and support, whatever the severity of the illness 



Support


  • For expectant and new parents to be able to access safe and quality peer support
  • To offer information and support, regardless of diagnosis or severity of illness
  • To provide accessible, low cost, high quality counselling and therapy with childcare 
  • To provide activities to support, develop and enhance self care
  • Provide support to access statutory health services 
  • To support the entire family and support network 



Empower


  • To enable those with lived experience to tell their story to help others
  • To support professionals in working with those with lived experience
  • To promote and encourage a culture of co-production and consultation
  • To provide training and supervision to those with lived experience who wish to engage in co-production and/or peer support



our history

By parents, for parents

Cocoon Family Support is a London based charity which provides information, support and activities to families affected by perinatal mental health (PMH) conditions and those having difficulties with the transition to parenthood.


Cocoon Family Support was founded by Jessica Warne as a support group in February 2013 and achieved charity status in October 2014.   Jessica founded Cocoon after struggling with her perinatal mental illness following the birth of her second child.  Jessica found there was very little support available to those parents who were 'not quite ill enough' for the specialist mental health services.  To this day, Cocoon works with those parents who are not receiving support from anyone else, and are often the first place parents come to for support.  


In January 2015 Cocoon merged with a  small South London peer support group, run by Kathryn Grant and Rosie Lowman, to create a London wide service.   Both Kathryn and Rosie experienced perinatal illness after the birth of their first children. 


Cocoon now has a range of services available to families across London. 

L to R: 
Kathryn Grant, South London group founder, Jessica Warne, Cocoon founder, Rosie Lowman, CEO
L to R: Kathryn Grant, South London group founder, Jessica Warne, Cocoon founder, Rosie Lowman, CEO

our recent accounts

CFS 2018 annual report and accounts FINAL (pdf)

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charity commission details

Registered charity number 1158994

 Registered aims and activities: 

To provide advice, information, support and counselling to families affected by perinatal mental health issues. To support those with lived experience to engage in co-production and engagement processes to improve services.