Prime Minister promises £290m investment into perinatal mental health

£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.

How boosting attachment reduces number of babies going into 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

Mental health risk for new dads


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.