We want to give a voice to the women and families across the UK affected by postnatal depression. #HiddenHalf brings together everyone from new mums to politicians in a collective call for change.
We launched the #HiddenHalf campaign in summer 2017 to tackle under-diagnosis of perinatal mental illness. Since then, thousands of supporters have joined us to taken action across the UK to fight for better postnatal checks for new mums.
People power really does work and this amazing progress couldn’t have happened without each and every one of our amazing supporters. In 2019 we’ll keep up the pressure and make sure the governments across the UK follow through and commit to making sure all women who experience postnatal mental illness are diagnosed and get the help they need.
Making change across the UK
Thanks to the amazing champions and volunteers in Northern Ireland there will be the second ever NI Maternal Mental Health conference in April 2019.
January saw the Scottish Government announce £12 million investment for implementing Best Start (maternity services). NCT is part of the implementation board for this and is keeping perinatal mental health in focus. The Welsh Assembly put a spotlight on perinatal mental health as part of their Inquiry into services at the end of last year and NCT’s HiddenHalf report evidence formed part of an NSPCC and Mind Cymru report into perinatal mental health services.
In England, last year 80 MPs and three Health ministers came on board, taking #HiddenHalf all the way to the Secretary of State for Health. Now, the government has committed reviewing English GP postnatal checks in 2019 – with a focus on the 6 week check and perinatal mental health.