Psychological help for new mothers urged

A House of Commons early day motion has been tabled calling for better support for mothers at risk of perinatal depression. It was put down by Annette Brooke, Liberal Democrat MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole.

The motion talks of an “urgent gap in true early intervention services for new and expectant mothers suffering from mild to moderate mental health problems” and emphasises the role of third-sector services in adding value to the work of the statutory services by reaching out to more at risk new mothers, their babies and children.

Our Division of Clinical Psychology has a Perinatal Psychology Faculty. It is holding an event in Glasgow today under the title ‘Perinatal vulnerabilty and resilience: A focus on the infant’.