£290 million to help new and expectant mums who have poor mental health
One in 5 new mothers develop a mental health problem around the time of the birth of their child and some 30,000 more women need specialist services. If untreated this can turn into a lifelong illness, proven to increase the likelihood of poor outcomes to the mother or new baby.
That is why the government is today (11th January 2016) announcing a £290 million investment in the years to 2020 which will mean that at least 30,000 more women each year will have access to specialist mental healthcare before and after having their baby. For example, through perinatal classes, new community perinatal teams and more beds in mother and baby units, mums with serious mental health problems can get the best support and keep their babies with them.
Clare Dolman, Vice Chair of the MMHA, trustee of Action on Postpartum Psychosis and Vice Chair of Bipolar UK, explains how the charities worked with EastEnders on the storyline of Stacey Branning’s postpartum psychosis.
The Guardian covers a study from The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (based at Oxford University) which found that ‘half of perinatal suicides by women could be prevented by better care’
How boosting attachment reduces number of babies going into care, reports Children & Young People Now. A project in Norfolk is reducing the number of babies needing to go into care by promoting parents’ mental health and improving parent-child attachment
Another from Medical News Today: Researchers have found anxiety around the arrival of a new baby is just as common as postnatal depression, and the risks for men are nearly as high as for women. Mental health researchers reviewed 43 separate studies and found anxiety before and after a child arrives is just as prevalent as depression, affecting around one in ten men, around half the rate for women.
Two in five new parents experience mental health issues, poll finds
From The Guardian: Two in five parents experienced a mental health issue during or after pregnancy with their first child, according to a survey, which found many are too afraid to seek professional support. The poll of 2,000 new mothers and fathers, for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), found that less than half (46%) of those who suffered from anxiety, depression or another mental health issue considered seeking help from a healthcare professional. A quarter of those who did not seek professional support said they were too scared to do so.
Mother sentenced for killing baby son
A very sad story covered by the BBC relevant , “A woman who killed her baby while she was mentally ill has been given a suspended jail sentence.”
Prevention and treatment perinatal mental health services tailored specifically for men are needed
* @PaulGaldas: “Prevention and treatment perinatal mental health services tailored specifically for men are needed