Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:13

SNP MSP LEADS MENTAL HEALTH DEBATE DURING AWARENESS WEEK

CALL FOR WOMEN TO RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED

SNP MSP Clare Haughey is leading a debate calling for all women who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care that they and their families need as part of the Everyone’s Business campaign.

The Members’ debate, held during Mental Health Awareness Week, gives MSPs the opportunity to discuss issues of women’s mental health, particularly during pregnancy, with the Everyone’s Business campaign aiming to ensure all women who experience mental health problems whilst pregnant and immediately after receive the appropriate care whenever and wherever they need it – to help support both them and their young family.

The Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy includes a commitment to fund the introduction of a managed clinical network, aiming to bring together health professionals to improve recognition of mental health issues and boost treatment across the country.

During her speech, Clare Haughey MSP will say:

“The campaign is one which is incredibly personal to me, having been a mental health nurse of over 30 years, and for the last 15 years actually specialising in perinatal mental health care itself.

“We are in the middle of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and at a time where mental health is at the forefront of the public’s thoughts.

“Perinatal mental health problems are sadly all too common, with estimates ranging from between 10 and 20% of women developing an illness in the first postnatal year, and one in seven of those hiding or underplaying its severity.

“The Everyone’s Business campaign is therefore calling for all women throughout the UK who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care they and their families need, and crucially, wherever and whenever they need it.

“In 2017, the Scottish Government, with the UK’s first ever Minister for Mental Health, sought to address these disparities by launching the new Scottish Managed Clinical Network for Perinatal Mental Health to identify gaps in provision of such care, and promote improvements in local services.

“Perinatal mental health is Everyone’s Business and until the time that those mums who experience perinatal mental health problems receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it, we still have some work left to do.”

ENDS

Notes:

Maternal Mental Health Alliance ‘Eveyone’s Business’ campaign website: https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/campaign/ 

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