Perinatal Mental Health -
Poorly managed, perinatal mental health problems can have serious consequences for the mother, her infant and to her family members.
Perinatal mental health problems affect at least 1 in 5 women, with 3-4% of women experiencing a serious psychiatric disorder, the single greatest indirect cause for UK maternal deaths in the perinatal period.
Examples of these illnesses include antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and postpartum psychosis.
NHS England Short Film
Take a look at this short film produced by NHS England discussing perinatal mental health.
Perinatal Mental Health – Key Priority
Perinatal mental health is a key Government priority. By 2020/21, NHS England should support at least 30,000 more women each year to access evidence-based specialist mental health care during the perinatal period.
This should include access to psychological therapies and the right range of specialist community or inpatient care so that comprehensive, high-quality services are in place across England.
Perinatal Positivity uses the real voices and experiences of women and men who have had mental wellbeing difficulties around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. To find out more visit perinatalpositivity.org
Successful bid for funds to improve access to specialist mental health services
A second wave of community perinatal mental health funding has been announced which will allow pregnant and new mothers experiencing mental health difficulties to access specialist perinatal mental health community services in every part of the country by April 2019.
West, North, East Cumbria were successful in securing additional funding for establishing a new community perinatal mental health service in an area of unmet need
Carlisle & Eden Maternity Voices meetings are held at Happymums who are an award-winning not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to peer led support for women to be #happymums :-)
As part of their Comic Relief funded #MumsTogether Project, they offer a range of support to prevent, and reduce the impact of, maternal mental health problems such as anxiety, low mood, and antenatal/ postnatal depression for women in Carlisle and North Cumbria.