Pregnancy: Mental Illness

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle perinatal mental illness.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We are committed to improving perinatal mental health services.

Early intervention in the first part of a child’s life can significantly improve outcomes. This includes early identification and support for social, emotional, behavioural and mental health issues.

From April 2019, new and expectant mothers have been able to access specialist perinatal mental health community services in every part of the country.

Our investment in perinatal mental health services means that an additional 30,000 women will access these services each year by 2020/21 with the care that they receive making a significant difference to their lives – and to the lives and life chances of their children.

The NHS Long Term Plan includes a commitment for a further 24,000 women to be able to access specialist perinatal mental health care by 2023/24. Specialist care will also be available from preconception to 24 months after birth, which will provide an extra year of support.

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