Perinatal Mental Health
More than 1 in 10 women will suffer from a perinatal mental illness, ranging from adjustment disorders and stress, through to chronic serious mental illness and postpartum psychosis. The price to society is high, both on a human and economic level. The human impact is felt not only by the women suffering from perinatal mental illness, but also by their children, partners and families. Studies have shown an increased risk of child mental health problems in those whose mothers had suffered from anxiety and/or depression.
Improving perinatal and infant mental health services is a recognised priority nationally, being included in the NHS Five Year Forward View and the NHS England Business Plan.
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group are working to ensure that the local perinatal and infant mental health strategy is in place, which has been developed with providers and commissioner from all part of the system, service users and third sector organisations, so that women, their children and their families receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
If you need advice and support you can also speak to:
- Your GP, midwife or health visitor
- The free NHS Let’s Talk service on 0800 073 2200
- Your local Children’s Centre gloucestershire.gov.uk/article/110061/Childrens-Centres
- The Samaritans on 116 123
Please also see the leaflet Emotional Health in Pregnancy and After Giving Birth.