Antoinette Sandbach today welcomes the first UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, and highlights the importance of providing support to those who suffer from mental health problems during and after a pregnancy.
The UK’s inaugural Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 1 - 5 May and will coincide with World Maternal Mental Health day on 3 May. More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. Antoinette comments “it’s vital that we recognise the importance of maternal mental health as much as we do for physical health”. The Week is an opportunity for people across the country to acknowledge and talk openly about the issues facing expectant and new mothers and work together to ensure that the standards of perinatal mental health services be improved across the UK.
Antoinette Sandbach MP said “I fully support the efforts to raise awareness for maternal mental health and think it is a vital part of supporting new families. As co-chair of the APPG on Baby Loss this is an area which we recognise needs improving and I welcome the work being done by individuals and organisations to support those affected”.