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)

app-network.org
Information and support for anyone affected by postpartum psychosis.

Anxiety UK

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

The Association for Post Natal Illness

020 7386 0868
apni.org
Provides support for women experiencing postnatal depression.

Birth Trauma Association

birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners.

The Breastfeeding Network

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

Family Action

0808 802 6666
family-action.org.uk
Supports families of any kind, including with mental health problems.

Family Lives

0808 800 2222
familylives.org.uk
Information and support for parents and families.

Fatherhood Institute

fatherhoodinstitute.org
Information, research and training to support fathers and their families.

Home-Start

home-start.org.uk
Support for families with young children, including details of local services.

The Lullaby Trust

0808 802 6868 (Bereavement support)
0808 802 6869 (Information & advice)
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, and their families.

The Miscarriage Association

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

Mumsnet

mumsnet.com
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
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
Provides information, support and classes for parents.

Netmums

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

NHS UK

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

No Panic

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

OCD Action

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

OCD UK

03332 127890
ocduk.org
Charity run by and for people with OCD.

PANDAS Foundation

0843 28 98 401
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

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

Start4Life

nhs.uk/start4life
Information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting from the NHS.

Tommy's

tommys.org
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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