The Unite/Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association and mothers' social networking website Netmums have been given £500,000 by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to provide joint support to people with parenting problems.

A team of health visitors will help mothers who come online with problems such as postnatal depression, parenting and relationship issues, anxiety, self-harm, and alcohol abuse.

If the problems are too serious, the health visitors will offer one-to-one counselling on a "closed" area of a site and/or recommend that the women see a health professional in person.

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