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Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services

Friday 11 November 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London

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“One in five mothers suffers from depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. Suicide is the second leading cause of maternal death, after cardiovascular disease. Mental health problems not only affect the health of mothers but can also have longstanding effects on children’s emotional, social and cognitive development. Costs of perinatal mental ill health are estimated at £8.1 billion for each annual birth cohort, or almost £10,000 per birth. Yet fewer than 15 per cent of localities provide effective specialist community perinatal services for women with severe or complex conditions, and more than 40 per cent provide no service at all.” Mental Health Taskforce Report, 15 February 2016

 

“One in five mothers suffers from mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. It costs around £8.1 billion for each annual birth cohort or almost £10,000 per birth. Yet fewer than 15% of areas have the necessary perinatal mental health services and more than 40% provide none at all…New funding should be invested to support at least 30,000 more women each year to access evidence-based specialist mental health care in the perinatal period.” NHS England February 2016

 

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

 

“Giving people the right mental health support is one of the most important ways to make sure everyone has the best start in life.” Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health 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 and on the implementing national guidance.

 

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 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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