Mums & Families


Perinatal Mental Illnesses

Perinatal mental health refers to a woman’s mental health during pregnancy and the first year after birth. This includes mental illness existing before pregnancy, as well as illnesses that develop for the first time, or are greatly exacerbated in the perinatal period.

Perinatal mental illnesses include illnesses that can occur during pregnancy and the first year following birth:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Postpartum Psychosis
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Resources for pregnant women

With the help of MMHA members, Tommy’s, a charity funding research and providing information on the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature and stillbirth, has developed a comprehensive digital resource for pregnant women around mental wellbeing in pregnancy. The link to the hub is

Tommy’s, together with a coalition of partners, have also developed the Wellbeing Plan, to help women think about their mental wellbeing, along with physical health, during pregnancy. The Wellbeing Plan is available here: 


If you or someone you are concerned about need help or support then visit this page.

Self-help guides

Postnatal-Depression-A4-2015 Self-help-workbook-post-natal-depression

Sources of support

Postpartum-Psychosis-a-Guide-for-Partners Planning-Pregnancy-Guide-for-Women-at-High-Risk-of-PP APP-Insider-Guide-Recovery