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Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women, and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, it can have significant and long lasting effects on the woman and her family.

Perinatal mental health problems can also have long-standing effects on children’s emotional, social and cognitive development.

NHS England have produced a series of five short videos with women who have experience of perinatal mental health conditions. These videos are aimed at health professionals and women to help increase knowledge about perinatal mental illness.  They are designed to be shown to perinatal women and their families during the course of antenatal and postnatal education. 








Local help available to you 

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service provide a range of child and family services throughout Essex, including health visiting.


North East Essex IAPT (Health in Mind)

IAPT run a Perinatal Open Arms Group. This group is a ten week cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) course that focuses on exploring the impact and experience of becoming a parent, and is aimed at treating associated anxiety, depression and adjustment problems.


Essex Partnership University Trust

EPUT run a perinatal mental health service which provides community-based treatment and support for mums, mums-to-be and their families. The service is available to women during the perinatal period (during pregnancy and up to baby’s first birthday) who are experiencing, or are likely to experience mental health difficulties.


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