Heidi Allen MP Supports Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services

I was delighted to support Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s bid to establish specialist perinatal mental health services within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and am thrilled to hear that our pleas for additional investment in perinatal mental health have been heard by the NHS England East Funding Team.  NHS England today announced that an additional £23 million is being spent nationally to underserved parts of the country like ours, to boost perinatal mental health provision.

This investment allows specialist community perinatal mental health teams to offer psychiatric and psychological assessments and care for women with complex or severe mental health problems during the perinatal period. They can also provide pre-conception advice for women with a current or past severe mental illness who are planning a pregnancy.

One in five women will experience a mental health problem during their pregnancy and in the first year after birth, with depression and anxiety disorders being the most common.  Work on establishing a new, comprehensive service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has already begun and mothers will soon be benefitting from personalised and family-centred care.   Teams can be made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nursery nurses and administrative staff, who all work together to provide a comprehensive service to mums, depending on what their individual needs are.

I’m committed to improving mental health provision for all of our Cambridgeshire residents and feel sure that this will drive forward further initiatives which can benefit whole families who feel the effects of mental health when illness strikes.  

To find out more go to - https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/perinatal/community-services/

If you’re experiencing mental health issues you can access support and resources at - https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx