More than one in ten women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year of their baby’s life. Untreated, perinatal mental illness is one of the leading causes of death for women during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
This week is the second annual UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness week, coordinated by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK. The theme is ‘Support For All’ with a focus on enabling all families affected by perinatal mental illness to access the information and help they require for recovery.
The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP) will be running events throughout the week aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues in new mums and mums-to-be. For more information follow the PMHP @PMHPuk or joining their Facebook group
You can also join the conversation about maternal mental health on social media using the hashtag #maternalMHmatters.
Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth. Find out what is happening each day on their website