It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, a week to make a difference to the lives of women affected by perinatal mental health problems by starting conversations, raising awareness and signposting towards support.
The week runs Monday 2 May to Sunday 8 May and the theme is ‘The Power of Connection’. It’s organised and led by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership UK (PMHP UK), which is a small group of individuals, including women with lived experience, who came together to raise awareness of maternal mental health.
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week aims to raise public and professional awareness of:
- Perinatal mental health problems
- Advocating for women affected by perinatal mental health problems
- Changing attitudes and helping families access the information, care and support they need to recover.
A ‘perinatal’ mental health problem is one that you experience any time from becoming pregnant up to a year after you give birth. Some of the most common perinatal mental health problems are perinatal depression, perinatal anxiety, perinatal OCD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum PTSD.
For more information on the causes of and support for maternal mental health problems, visit Mind’s website.
To access local support you can use Healthy Minds’ Wellbeing Assistant to find the right support for you. Or, call our free telephone help-line Guide-Line any day from 12pm to 12am on 08001 884 884 – our team will help you get the support you need.
Posted on: 2nd May 2022