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Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health

Explains postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health problems, including possible causes, treatments and support options. Also has information for friends and family, including support and advice for partners.

Mae'r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg. This link will take you to a Welsh translation of this page.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP)
Information and support for anyone affected by postpartum psychosis.

Anxiety UK

03444 775 774 (helpline) 
07537 416 905 (text)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.

The Association for Post Natal Illness

020 7386 0868
Provides support for women experiencing postnatal depression.

Birth Trauma Association
Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners.

The Breastfeeding Network

0300 100 0212
Support and information about breastfeeding and perinatal mental health.

Child Bereavement UK

0800 028 8840
Support when a baby or child of any age is dying, or a child is facing bereavement.

Family Action

0808 802 6666
Supports families of any kind, including with mental health problems.

Family Lives

0808 800 2222
Information and support for parents and families.

Fatherhood Institute
Information, research and training to support fathers and their families.


0808 802 0925
Advice and practical support for single parent families.

Support for families with young children, including details of local services.

Hub of Hope
UK-wide mental health service database. Lets you search for local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support. You can filter results to find specific kinds of support.

The Lullaby Trust

0808 802 6868 (Bereavement support)
0808 802 6869 (Information & advice)
Information and support for people affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Maternal OCD
Information and support for people experiencing perinatal OCD, and their families.

The Miscarriage Association

01924 200799
Information and support for anyone affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.

Mood Diaries
Some examples of mood diaries – many more are available. Mind doesn't endorse any particular one.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331
[email protected]
Supports adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Offers a helpline, email support and local services.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

0300 330 0700
Provides information, support and classes for parents.

Online community for parents, which also facilitates local meet-ups.

Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.

No Panic

0300 7729844
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for people with anxiety disorders.

OCD Action

0300 636 5478
Information and support for people affected by OCD and hoarding, including online forums and local support groups.


01332 588 112
Charity run by and for people with OCD.

PANDAS Foundation

0843 28 98 401
Information and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem during or after pregnancy.

Pink Parents
Information for gay and lesbian parents.


0808 164 3332
Information and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.

Information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting from the NHS.

Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.

This information was published in April 2020. We will revise it in 2023.

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