The Hidden Half campaign hit parliament on Wednesday 14 March when we held a drop-in event for MPs to meet us and learn more about the campaign.
After months of building momentum, the day came for us take the campaign to parliament.
We held a drop-in event to meet MPs and speak to them about the campaign and how they can support it.
The day was a huge success, with MPs from across the UK attending.
Highlights include the Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, sharing his family’s experience of postnatal depression in a powerful video.
Many MPs who attended had first heard about the campaign through a supporter email or visit. For example, Kevin Hollinrake MP told us that it was his conversation with amazing #HiddenHalf supporter Libby Binks that inspired him to support the campaign.
Thanks to Jo Booth, NCT Teesside practitioner, MP Doctor Paul Williams was also engaged with the campaign after a successful visit to his surgery.
Half of all women who experience mental health difficulties in pregnancy or after childbirth aren't identified #hiddenhalf
I met with Jenny and Vicky from @NCTcharity the National Childbirth Trust this morning to give my support to their campaign to improve this pic.twitter.com/yBcyESpJlN
— Dr Paul Williams MP (@PaulWilliamsMP) March 7, 2018
He agreed to champion #HiddenHalf in parliament and, true to his word, shortly after meeting with us he and fellow MP Luciana Berger, highlighted #HiddenHalf in a parliamentary debate where they called for all new mothers to get a full GP six-week check including a discussion about their mental health.
We're so pleased with how the campaign is progressing, but it doesn't end here. We still need more MPs to champion the campaign in parliament for change to the six-week check-up to happen.
If you haven't written to your MP yet, please join the campaign to get the #HiddenHalf out of hiding. Fill out your details and a pre-written email to your MP will be sent letting them know that this is an important issue to you.