We’re supporting a new campaign to raise awareness amongst mums, their families and friends about support for perinatal mental health difficulties.
Perinatal mental health (PMH) problems occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of new and expectant mums and covers a wide range of conditions.
If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the parent, child, and wider family. Specialist perinatal mental health services provide care and treatment for women with complex mental health needs and support the developing relationship between parent and baby. They also offer women with mental health needs advice for planning a pregnancy.
Our Trust is supporting a campaign launched in early July across West Yorkshire and Harrogate encouraging mums, and mums to be, to reach out to their GP, health visitor or midwife if they need help.