Services for support and signposting in perinatal mental illness

There are a number of services and professionals who can offer help and support during the perinatal period.

Maternity services

Midwifery teams can enquire about women’s mental health and wellbeing and ensure they receive adequate care and support, as needed.


GP can provide information, advice and treatment as well as refer women to mental health or psychological therapies service, if needed.

Health visitor

Health visitors see all women with new babies. They offer advice about your baby’s health, feeding, sleep and other issues.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

IAPT offers short-term talking therapies. Women who are pregnant or have recently had a baby are unusually given priority to access psychological therapies. Women can self-refer to IAPT or can be referred by their GP, midwife or health visitor.

Children’s Centres

These offer advice, practical and social support.  They host mother and baby groups and drop-in sessions.

Children and Families Social Services

Doctors, midwives or other professionals may refer women to Children and Families social services. They focus on children’s wellbeing and provide a range of care and support for children and families.


Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times



Information and support about many aspects of pregnancy, including mental health.

Advice from midwives: 0800 014 7800



National Childbirth Trust

Practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Antenatal and postnatal courses. Local networks where you can meet other parents.

Support line: 0300 330 0700



Help advice and support on a wide range of pregnancy and parenting issues, including mental health.


Maternal OCD

A charity set up by mothers recovered from perinatal OCD, who can provide support via email, twitter and skype.



Action on Postpartum Psychosis

National charity providing information and support for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis. On-line peer support and one-to-one support. Run by a team of academics, health professionals and women who have recovered from postpartum psychosis.

Phone: 020 3322 900



Bipolar Disorder, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Information about pregnancy and childbirth for women with Bipolar Disorder and their families. This guide has been produced by Action on Postpartum Psychosis, Bipolar UK and the National Centre for Mental Health.

Information leaflet for women, partners and families on bipolar disorder, pregnancy and childbirth

The Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI)

Telephone helpline and information leaflets for women with postnatal mental illness. Also, a network of volunteers (telephone and postal) who have experienced postnatal mental illness.

Phone: 020 7386 0868


PANDAS Foundation

Support and advice for women with perinatal mental illness and their families.

Helpline: 0843 2898401.



Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy (BUMPS)

Factsheets about the use of medications in pregnancy, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilisers.


Baby Buddy

Baby Buddy App with information in the form of video clips about many aspects of pregnancy and parenting, including mental health.


Family Action

Support and practical help for families affected by mental health problems and other challenges such as substance misuse and domestic violence. 

Phone: 020 7254 6251




RCPsych patient information leaflets

Mental health information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists


This online mental health booklet from Mind explains the benefits and challenges to your mental health of being online, and gives ideas for looking after yourself online and getting support. Also provides information on staying safe online and getting the balance right between your online and offline life.


Baby Buddy
App with information in the form of video clips about many aspects of pregnancy and parenting, including mental health.

The Dadpad app gives dads-to-be the knowledge and practical skills necessary to support themselves and their partner, so that babies get the best possible start in life.

Resource hub for guided meditations, animations, articles and videos.

Social app for mums

Self help

Self help resources for individuals and professionals


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Resources for Healthcare Professionals

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