Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Maternal Mental Health Alliance

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a coalition of national professional and patient organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

There is extensive evidence that investing in maternal mental illness at this early stage can have a dramatic impact on long-term outcomes for mothers, fathers, children, families and society. Our vision is ‘to improve the lives of mothers and their infants’. We are motivated by the current shortfall in the quality, availability and accessibility of antenatal and postnatal mental health care and the lack of knowledge about this issue amongst health and social work professionals and the wider public.

The MMHA currently comprises over eighty organisations, including professional bodies such as Royal Colleges and organisations that represent, or provide care and support to, parents and families.

Please follow us on Twitter @MMHAlliance

Professionals working within maternal mental health can use the secure discussion forums on the Maternal Mental Health Network to connect, share ideas and ask questions.



UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week 1-7 May

Last year was the inaugural World Maternal Mental Health day in May 2016. This year, as well as World Maternal Mental Health day on 3rd May there will be a UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week 1-7th May.


How and where mums and families can seek help and support for perinatal mental health problems

Lead Organisation:

Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP)

Key messages:

Maternal mental health matters. #maternalMHmatters. Women and their family and friends need to know where they can find help and support for perinatal mental health problems.

How you can get involved

  • During the week highlight what your organisation is doing to help women with perinatal mental health problems
  • Tweet using #maternalMHmatters
  • Participate in the nightly #PNDHour 8-9pm on Twitter @PNDandMe
  • Join in with and support activities being organised by other groups
  • Come up with your own ideas to highlight that #maternalMHmatters

Lead contacts:

Mums with lived experience from PMHP, Eve Canavan and Beth Bone

Email: to find out more about the week and how you can get involved


Twitter: #maternalMHmatters @pmhpuk


To find out what is happening during the week visit our event page.


Our Members:



For media enquiries, please contact

Anna France-Williams, Media and Communications Officer, MMHA:

Ian Jones, Everyone’s Business Campaign


For membership enquiries, please contact


Please follow us on Twitter @MMHAlliance

#MABIM for the Mums and Babies in Mind project, improving local perinatal mental health services

For useful resources and information, see our campaign website: and follow #everyonesbusiness 


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