Having a baby is a major life event for mums and dads, and it’s natural to experience a range of emotions during and after pregnancy. But if these feelings start to have an impact on day-to-day life, it’s time to talk to someone.
Perinatal mental health issues – those which occur during pregnancy or during the baby’s first year – affect one in five women and could have long-lasting effects on the woman and her family if left untreated.
But many perinatal mental health issues are treatable and recognising the signs early and seeking support quickly improves recovery and outcomes for mums and their babies.
The Every Mum Matters campaign has launched in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire to support new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourage them to seek help quickly. Specialist services and support are available in these areas.
Perinatal mental health covers a wide range of issues: some mild to moderate, others moderate to severe. The symptoms can often be hard to spot, so we’ve put together this short animated video which explains what signs and symptoms to look out for and how to seek help.
There is lots of support available in your local area, including a new Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health service which covers Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire areas.
If you are concerned that you are experiencing perinatal mental health problems please speak to a friend, relative or health professional so you can get help and support.The health professionals involved in your care, such as your GP, midwife or health visitor, will be able to offer support and refer you to an appropriate service.
Our case study videos share the stories of mothers from Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, who have been supported by a specialist community perinatal mental health team. Hayley, Alex and Naomi have spoken about their experiences and the help they have received, to help others who may be suffering from perinatal mental health issues.