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.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services, such as talking therapies, peer support and advocacy, across England and Wales.
  • Elefriends – 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 775 775 (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.

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.

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

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.

Online network aimed at parents and parents-to-be, including online forums and details of local groups.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

0808 801 0331
A charity supporting adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. Provides a support line and local support services.


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

0844 967 4848
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for people with anxiety disorders.

OCD Action

0845 390 6232
Information and support for people affected by OCD and hoarding, including online forums and local support groups.


03332 127890
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.

PND & Me
Online network connecting people with experience of perinatal mental health problems through Twitter.


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 July 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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