It’s common for new mothers to suffer from postnatal mental illness, but only half receive the treatment they need. We are campaigning to change that.
We surveyed 1,000 women who had recently had a baby and found that half had had a mental health or emotional problem postnatally or during pregnancy.
Of these women:
- Nearly half hadn’t had their problem identified by a health professional and hadn’t received any treatment.
- Many of these new mothers said they were too embarrassed or afraid of judgement to seek help.
- 95% of mothers who had a mental health problem said that this had an impact on their ability to cope as a mother or on their family.
We think all new mothers with a mental health problem should get the treatment or support they need. The first step is making sure that they get the problem identified and diagnosed by a health professional.
A simple low-cost solution
We’re demanding better six week postnatal check-ups so that all new mothers with a mental health problem can access the treatment available. Currently, health professionals are not funded to give mothers a six week check. We are campaigning for the government to provide specific funding and guidance to enable healthcare professionals to give every mother a good six week check.
You can help
We need politicians to hear that people care about maternal mental health, so that they push it up the political agenda.
Our #HiddenHalf Influencing Guide tells you how to make your voice heard.
Whatever you can do, however small, will help. If the sum total of everyone’s small (or large) activities adds up to lots of noise, then politicians will sit up and pay attention.
Start by emailing your MP today - it only takes a couple of minutes with our online form.
Want to get more involved with the campaign? Find out how.