Defining essential perinatal mental health care: voluntary and community sector support

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 (PMH) problems.

Currently, access to comprehensive PMH care is not equal. Action is needed to ensure these essential services are commissioned, funded and resourced. The MMHA will release resources to identify gaps and the impact they could have on women, babies and families.

What is the role of the voluntary and community sector in providing essential PMH care?


Sapna’s story

"Thankfully, where I lived, I could access a lot of helpful services for free. I received cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for my anxiety and attended a lot of community-based workshops for mums, such as mindful art activities and befriending schemes."

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Further reading

If you would like more information about voluntary and community sector support, please see:

CCQI Standards for Community Perinatal Mental Health Services, 6th Ed

Royal College of Psychiatrists Pdf, 516.0kb

Published: June 2023

These standards are designed to be applicable to community perinatal services and can be used by professionals to assess the quality of the team. The standards may also be of interest to commissioners, patients, carers, researchers and policy makers.

APP Insider Guides - Recovery after postpartum psychosis

Action on Postpartum Psychosis Pdf, 657.8kb

Published: March 2018

Mums who have recovered from postpartum psychosis gave us their tips for the first year of recovery and beyond.