The MMHA’s ‘Make all care count’ campaign phase highlights and defines eight essential services that can play a crucial role in improving outcomes for women and families affected by perinatal mental health problems.
What is the role of mental health services in providing essential perinatal mental health care?
- Some women and families may need the support of wider adult mental health services, and/or child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
- Wider mental health services for adults include crisis and acute services, community mental health care, psychological therapies, specialist liaison mental health teams in hospitals and the ambulance service.
- Adult mental health services that care for women with serious mental illness need to discuss potential mental health problems in pregnancy, arrange pre-conception counselling, offer psychological therapies and refer at-risk women who are pregnant to a specialist perinatal mental health (PMH).
- CAMHS need to collaborate with relevant statutory and voluntary organisations to provide high-quality, accessible mental health support to infants, children and young adults aged 0–18 and their parents and carers.
If you would like further information about mental health services, please see:
- Mental health services and teams in the community (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
- Early Intervention Framework for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing (NHS Scotland)
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