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Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services

Friday 11 November 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London

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The Prime Minister has announced an additional £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 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.” David Cameron, Prime Minister, January 2016

This conference, chaired by Elaine Hanzak, Survivor of Postnatal Depression and Author, Eyes without Sparkle and Another Twinkle in the Eye– contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness", focuses on the important issue of improving perinatal mental health services.

Extended sessions will focus on Learning from a personal journey through postnatal mental distress, Identifying women who are experiencing distress: what works? Improving the quality of mental healthcare for new mothers, supporting men whose wives or partners are experiencing PND, learning from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health and delivering a recovery and family focused post natal depression service. There will also be a focus on the impact of postnatal depression and stress in pregnancy on the child and infant mental health, improving joint working between services.

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