An information sheet for helping you find your local London Community Perinatal Mental Health Service.
The perinatal period is usually defined as the time between conceiving a baby until the end of the first postnatal year. 1 in every 5 women experience mental health problems during this time, making this a relatively common experience. It is vital that women receive treatment and support as early as possible, we know that if left untreated, mental illness can have a significant and long lasting impact on the woman and her family.
The perinatal period is often a window of opportunity, treating mental health problems at this time prevents avoidable suffering and isolation, strengthens families, ensures children have a healthy start, has economic benefits and helps to prevent suicide, a leading cause of maternal death in the UK.
This information sheet provides an overview of local Perinatal Mental Health services available across London. It has been developed in collaboration with the London IAPT leads and the London Perinatal Mental Health Network and is supported by London Clinical Networks.