On 12 July, parents in Wales will join NCT at Tŷ Hywel to demand better mental health support for parents and urge the National Assembly to reinstate the country’s one and only designated Mother and Baby unit. Mother and Baby units are vitally important as they enable mums and babies to remain together at a crucial time in the bonding process when strong attachments are developed.
The NCT are asking parents to join them by sending a message to the National Assembly that mental health matters.
Join the campaign here:
Mind Cymru research shows 1 in 3 parents in Wales suffer from anxiety or depression in the first year of having a baby and if left untreated, perinatal mental health issues can have a devastating impact on families.
Parents in Wales currently face two difficult choices:
- Travel to Bristol or Birmingham for treatment with their baby, away from family and friends
- Seek specialist treatment separated from their baby.
Ignoring the problem will cost the Government five times more* than investing in perinatal mental health services in Wales.
To find out more or other ways you can get involved with the #BeyondBabyBlues campaign, visit the NCT website.
* LSE and Centre for Mental Health, 2014, The costs of perinatal mental health problems