Postnatal Depression

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from charities and healthcare experts on postnatal depression.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

A search of the Department’s Ministerial correspondence database has identified five items of correspondence from charities or healthcare experts received since 1 June 2014 about postnatal depression. This figure represents correspondence received by the Department’s Ministerial correspondence unit only. In addition, in the same period I have met with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the London Perinatal Health Network to discuss and coordinate action on a range of perinatal mental health issues, including post-natal depression.

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