Being a new parent can be a challenging time, and the most common health problem after someone has had a baby is a mental health problem, most often depression. Add to this the fact that the most likely time in anyone’s life for having a severe mental health problem is the first few weeks after birth, and you can see why we take the emotional wellbeing of new mums so seriously.
Research has shown that the effects of the mother’s mental health both while pregnant and after birth, on their children’s mental health can have an impact years into the future.
With a strong link between maternal mental health and children’s mental health, our Let’s Talk service is developing the services it offers to pregnant women and parents of children under the age of one.
Let’s Talk is Gloucestershire and Herefordshire’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. For more information about Let’s Talk, please visit www.talk2gether.nhs.uk or call 0800 073 2200.
By Clare Semere, High Intensity Worker at Let’s Talk in Herefordshire