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)

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

Anxiety UK

0844 477 5774

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

The Association for Post Natal Illness

020 7386 0868

Provides support to mothers with postnatal depression.

Birth trauma association

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

The Breastfeeding Network

helpline: 0300 100 0212

Support and information, including information on drugs and breastfeeding.


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

Family Action

Services for families, including mental health support.

Family Lives

24-hour helpline: 0808 800 2222

Information and support for parents and families.

Fatherhood Institute

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


0800 068 63 68

Local support networks for families with young children.

The Lullaby Trust

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

Maternal OCD

Information and support for people experiencing perinatal OCD.

The Miscarriage Association

Information and support for anyone affected by miscarriage.


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)

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


0300 330 0700

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.


Online parenting organisation helping parents share information and advice.

NHS Choices

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)
Provides a helpline, step-by-step programmes, and support for those with anxiety disorders.

OCD Action

0845 390 6232

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


0845 120 3778

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


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.


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


Information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenthood from the NHS.


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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