Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

29 April - 5 May 2024

What is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week?

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental health problems before, during and after pregnancy.

The week is all about:

Who is it organised by?

The week is organised and led by MMHA member Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK (PMHP UK), who launched the first-ever UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week in 2017.

PMHP UK is a small group of individuals, including parents with lived experience and clinicians, who came together to raise awareness of maternal mental health.


Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

The next Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May 2024, with World Maternal Mental Health Day 2024 on Wednesday 1 May.

Daily themes for 2024

Each year, organisers PMHP UK (see website for more detail) create daily themes to help guide and diversify the conversation around maternal mental health. This year the themes are as follows:

Monday 29 April

Demystifying perinatal mental illness

We shared: a short animation explaining what perinatal/maternal mental health is and some key statistics | video from Dr Alain Gregoire about "what's normal" when it comes to maternal mental health | information about different perinatal mental illnesses | a clip from Beyond Baby Blues Podcast explaining the difference between 'Baby Blues' and postnatal depression

Tuesday 30 April

Moving together through your changing world

We shared a guest blog from Dr Krystal Wilkinson about perinatal mental health in the workplace and the support that should be in place for new and expectant parents.

Wednesday 1 May

World Maternal Mental Health Day - Stronger together

The MMHA launched a new campaign with Grazia and The Juggle for the UK's first ever Maternal Mental Health Advocacy Day, encouraging people all over the UK to come together and use our collective voice to advocate for the mental health needs of new and expectant mothers in the UK.

Thursday 2 May

Finding you in this journey: identity transformation in the perinatal period

We shared: a clip from Lucy Jones' 'Matrescence' examining the physical, psychological and emotional changes you go through after the birth of a child.

We also launched a new awareness campaign with Aveeno Baby, running for 8 weeks in Superdrug stores across the UK.

Friday 3 May

Perinatal positivity pot: shining a light on parent voices and recovery stories

We partnered with Wish I'd Known to ask their parent community about moments of joy in pregnancy and parenthood. We also shared positive stories of recovery from our Lived Experience Champion Network.

Saturday 4 May

Support for all: sharing empowering resources for all families in the UK and beyond


Sunday 5 May

Reflections on rediscovery: looking back over the week



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