In our Spring 2022 eBulletin, we share the latest news from MMHA’s Everyone’s Business campaign and the perinatal mental health (PMH) community, including:
Important findings from new independent economic research, commissioned by the MMHA
Launch of the Amplifying Maternal Voices Project, in collaboration with MMHA member the Mental Health Foundation
PMH service developments from across the UK.
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Due to technical issues, the Welsh translation of this eBulletin has been delayed but will be available shortly, along with all editions published since summer 2020, here.
In January last year, the Minister for Health Robin Swann approved
funding for the development of specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services in each of Northern Ireland’s five Health and Social Care Trusts.
Since then, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has been working with Trusts to establish new multidisciplinary
community perinatal mental health teams, that will include a new stepped care model to ensure regional consistency. Continue reading Update on the rollout of specialist perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland
Independent research commissioned by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), estimates the costs and benefits of addressing unmet maternal mental health needs. Changes to standard practice could have a net economic benefit of £490 million over ten years; £52 million in NHS savings and quality of life improvements worth £437 million.
1 in 5 women are affected by maternal mental health problems, which are the leading cause of maternal death in the first postnatal year.
a new study commissioned by the MMHA, researchers from LSE evaluated the economic viability of reforming current treatment for pregnant and postnatal women experiencing common maternal mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
The report, ‘
’, estimates the costs and benefits of a model of care which could give women’s mental health the same priority as their physical health. The model, which focuses on the essential role of midwives and health visitors, would allow for women’s mental wellbeing to be accurately assessed at every routine contact and suitable treatments to be offered – in a similar way to physical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. The economic case for increasing access to treatment for women with common mental health problems during the perinatal period Continue reading Increasing access to treatment for common maternal mental health problems could have a net benefit of half a billion pounds
WSA Community Consultants and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) publish the results of an independent five-year evaluation of the MMHA’s campaigning work. The report, titled ‘ Turning the Map Green: Evaluating the Everyone’s Business Campaign 2016–2021’, provides a broad, objective view of the MMHA’s efforts, using robust evidence* to measure the Campaign’s impact. Continue reading Independent evaluation highlights impact of the MMHA’s Everyone’s Business Campaign over past five years
The summer 2021 eBulletin is out now with all the latest from MMHA’s Everyone’s Business campaign and the UK perinatal mental health (PMH) community, including:
The launch of MMHA’s new
#MakeAllCareCount phase of campaigning Updates from the devolved nations
Research into Black, Asian and minority ethnic women’s access to PMH care.
Please help us keep PMH and the needs of women and families in the spotlight by sharing the eBulletin with those in your network.
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All of our eBulletins since summer 2020 are
also available in Welsh.
will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or the first years after birth (known as ‘the perinatal period’). More than 1 in 10 women The COVID-19 pandemic is creating additional challenges and further
. increasing mental health risks for new and expectant mums Now more than ever, the services supporting women and families with their perinatal mental health need to be protected and enhanced.
For almost 10 years, the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s (MMHA)
has focussed primarily on securing Everyone’s Business campaign specialist perinatal mental health (PMH) services [i] across the UK. Now, thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the MMHA is expanding this focus and launching a new campaign phase today: ‘ . ’ Make all care count Continue reading Make all care count: new phase of the Everyone’s Business campaign calls for essential perinatal mental health care for all women and families in the UK
Guest blog by Everyone’s Business Scotland coordinator, Laura Bennison
A record-breaking election
The Scottish parliamentary elections on 6 May saw the highest turnout in its history, with 66% of the population casting their vote. The Scottish National Party has been handed a fresh five-year term in government at Holyrood, their fourth in a row.
We hope to continue our work with Clare Haughey MSP, pending Cabinet decisions.
Continue reading The latest from the Everyone’s Business campaign in Scotland
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Robin Swann, has approved funding for the development of a new Perinatal Mental Health Delivery Model, including specialist multi-disciplinary perinatal mental health teams in each of the five trust areas.
Continue reading Funding approved for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland
Everyone’s Business autumn 2020 eBulletin contains the latest from the Everyone’s Business Campaign and UK perinatal mental health (PMH) community.
This quarter, you’ll find updates on:
MMHA and Centre for Mental Health’s COVID-19 rapid research review
the continued impact of the pandemic on PMH and services
MBRRACE-UK’s latest findings and why specialist PMH services are so important.
And much more…
Please share widely among your networks! On Twitter, tag
@MMHAlliance and use #EveryonesBusiness. Continue reading Autumn 2020 eBulletin out now!
Former MP Luciana Berger has been appointed as the new Chair of the
Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and will take up her role at the start of next month.
Founded in 2011, MMHA is a coalition of 97 organisations, clinicians, and people with lived experience working together to improve mental health support during pregnancy and postnatally
. MMHA has successfully campaigned to address gaps in UK specialist perinatal mental health care. However, despite significant progress, more work is needed to tackle the postcode lottery for mothers, partners, and babies.
Continue reading Luciana Berger appointed as Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance