NHS CPFT Perinatal Mental Health Team

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The CPFT Perinatal Mental Health Team support Mums and Mums-to-be in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire who are experiencing mental health challenges during pregnancy and the first year of motherhood.

In this video we meet Ellie who talks about her initial assessment and care plan :

This service is accessed via referral from your GP, midwife or health visitor. The perinatal mental health team support those experiencing symptoms of mental illness in pregnancy and during the first year after birth including:

  • severe depression and/or severe anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder
  • other non-organic psychotic illness
  • OCD
  • eating disorders
  • personality disorders
  • postpartum psychosis*
  • attachment disorders (problems and difficulties with the bond between mum and baby) during pregnancy and with infants under one year old

*Postpartum psychosis is a sudden and severe mental illness that begins in the first few days or weeks after having a baby. If you have concerns that you, or someone you know, is experiencing postpartum psychosis you should seek immediate, same day support.

For self-help with mental health challenges, take a look at the Keep Your Head website:

Button - About Perinatal Mental Health on Keep Your Head

If you need support with your mental health, remember you can always reach out to your GP. If you need urgent help, please call the First Response Service on the NHS 111 helpline and select option 2.

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