Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health

Explains postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues, including possible causes, sources of treatment and support, and advice for friends and family.

Your stories

Postnatal depression and the myth of the ‘perfect’ mum

Sara blogs about her postnatal depression experience and the pressure to be the 'perfect' Mum.

Sara Powys
Posted on 04/08/2016

Surviving postnatal depression

Selina blogs about her experience of perinatal mental illness and working with EastEnders on Stacey’s story.

Selina Shaikh
Posted on 19/01/2016

EastEnders & my postpartum psychosis

Kathryn blogs on her experience of postpartum psychosis and how it helped shape an EastEnders' storyline.

Kathryn Grant
Posted on 11/01/2016

Useful contacts

Action Postpartum Psychosis (APP)

app-network.org

Information and support for anyone who's experienced postpartum psychosis, including a peer support network and an online forum.

Anxiety UK

0844 477 5774
anxietyuk.org.uk

Support, help and information for anyone with an anxiety disorder.

The Association for Post Natal Illness

020 7386 0868
apni.org

Provides support to mothers with postnatal depression.

Birth trauma association

birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

Support for women who have experienced traumatic childbirth, and their partners.

The Breastfeeding Network

helpline: 0300 100 0212
breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Support and information, including information on drugs and breastfeeding.

Elefriends

elefriends.org.uk

A supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Family Action

family-action.org.uk

Services for families, including mental health support.

Family Lives

24-hour helpline: 0808 800 2222

familylives.org.uk

Information and support for parents and families.

Fatherhood Institute

fatherhoodinstitute.org

The UK’s fatherhood think-tank, providing news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers and their families.

Home-Start

0800 068 63 68

home-start.org.uk

Local support networks for families with young children.

The Lullaby Trust

lullabytrust.org.uk

Information and support for people affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Maternal OCD

maternalocd.org

Information and support for people experiencing perinatal OCD.

The Miscarriage Association

miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Information and support for anyone affected by miscarriage.

Mumsnet

mumsnet.com

Forums about parenting, including parenting and mental health.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331 (freephone from landline and mobiles)
napac.org.uk

A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services.

NCT

0300 330 0700
nct.org.uk

NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Its website and helpline offer practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Netmums

netmums.com

Online parenting organisation helping parents share information and advice.

NHS Choices

nhs.uk

Provides information on a wide range of health and social care topics. Also provides an online search tool to find NHS services near you.

No Panic

0844 967 4848 (10am–10pm)
nopanic.org.uk
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for those with anxiety disorders.

OCD Action

0845 390 6232
ocdaction.org.uk

Information and support for people with experience of OCD, and their friends, family and carers.

OCD-UK

0845 120 3778
ocduk.org

A charity run by people with OCD who campaign and can help with local support group information.

PANDAS

pandasfoundation.org.uk

Information and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem during or after pregnancy.

PND & Me

pndandme.co.uk

Online network connecting people with experience of perinatal mental health problems through twitter.

Sands

sands.org.uk

Stillbirth and neonatal death charity, providing information and support for anyone affected by these issues.

Start4Life

nhs.uk/start4life

Information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenthood from the NHS.

Tommy's

tommys.org

Support and information on pregnancy, including mental health problems.


This information was published in July 2016. We will revise it in 2019.


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