We want to give a voice to the women and families across the UK affected by postnatal depression. These stories bring together everyone from new mums to politicians in a collective call for change.
Why are we campaigning for better six week check-ups?
The Hidden Half campaign seeks to ensure that new mothers mental health is not forgotten.
Our research showed that currently only half of new mothers with a mental health problem receive the treatment they need.
The six-week check is a key opportunity to identify these problems, but many women said their appointment was rushed and some ended up with less than 3 minutes to discuss their own health, often because their six-week check was squeezed in with the baby check.
We believe this can be fixed with some simple and low-cost changes to our health system.
82% of new mothers we surveyed who had been treated for a mental health problem said that the treatment had helped.
Treatment can include counselling, medication, online therapy or peer support. Sometimes, family support under the watchful eye of a GP can be enough to get a woman through. If you are worried about your emotional wellbeing, you should talk to your GP, health visitor or midwife about how you are feeling.
Why did we launch a video campaign?
We launched a Hidden Half video campaign because we wanted to hear how postnatal depression had affected your life.
In order for change to become a reality, we need to break the taboo surrounding maternal mental health and get the word out about the campaign.
We asked our supporters to tell us why they joined the Hidden Half campaign and the results were special. Some told stories of how postnatal mental illness had affected their friends, partners and mothers but most importantly we were able to see the faces of women who had been affected by postnatal depression themselves. We hope that seeing personal stories will help people to understand why we must get more MPs on board with the campaign.
We need more politicians to hear that people care about maternal mental health, so that they push it up the political agenda. Our guide tells you how to make your voice heard.
So, who are the Hidden Half?
What can you do to help?
You can show more politicians that this issue matters by emailing your MP. Wherever you are in the UK, it only takes a couple of minutes using our online form.
For further questions, please see the HiddenHalf FAQs.
Have you been affected by postnatal mental illness? Or do you know someone who has?
You can put pressure on the government by using the form on the right to send a message to your MP.
The form is really quick and simple and it creates an email asking your MP to contact the government in your part of the UK, whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Read the hidden half report in full.