The latest statistics on maternal mental health indicate that at least one out of every five new mothers in the U.K. experiences some form of mental health challenge that makes it difficult for her to offer her children the full amount of care they need. This can be a very taxing time because it is no way the mothers fault that she has developed these symptoms in what is supposed to be happiest time in her life.
It may come as a surprise to some that the scope of these mental health challenges far eclipses typical post-partum depression, which is the condition that most people hear about and discuss.
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental health problems during and after pregnancy. It’s all about raising public and professional awareness of perinatal mental health problems, advocating for women affected by it, changing attitudes and helping families access the information, care and support they need to recover.
Please join the conversation during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week to reduce stigma, spread good practice and help women and families impacted by perinatal mental health problems to feel seen, heard and supported.
Please check out the Maternal mental health alliance website here.