During the period from pregnancy until the first year after giving birth, known as the perinatal period, 1 in 4 mothers or birthing individuals experience mental health illness. It is crucial to seek help as symptoms can worsen over time. Being a parent can be stressful and exhausting, and having a baby can trigger mental health illness. Fortunately, with support, it is possible to make a complete recovery.
How to get support
Health visitors have been trained to recognise perinatal mental health problems and have techniques that can help.
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Hampshire perinatal and infant mental health service
The Perinatal Mental Health service supports mothers experiencing a severe mental illness through a programme of treatment and support in the community and in their specialist inpatient unit.
Community-based care includes:
advice and support over the telephone
outpatient consultations in clinics, GP surgeries or at home
support and guidance for an individual’s family
a range of therapy sessions
Their inpatient service is available to women who have severe mental illness from 24 weeks of pregnancy until a child is one-year-old. The unit, based at Melbury Lodge in Winchester, has been designed especially for mothers and babies, to make it a safe, welcoming, and relaxing environment.