Calling all new mothers! Have you checked out the series of mental health leaflets specifically for mothers and their families? The eight leaflets cover a broad range of topics including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and the use of lithium and antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), NHS England and Health Education England, as well as women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners; the leaflets offer advice and signposts to promote better understanding and support people in making decisions about perinatal mental health issues and how to access help.
Find out how to access the leaflets by clicking the links below:
What are perinatal mental health services?
Information about mother and baby units
Help for women and their partners to understand what 'safeguarding children' means
The use of lithium in pregnancy and breastfeeding
The use of antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding
The use of valproate in women and girls who could get pregnant
Postpartum psychosis – information for carers