7 March 2019
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was in Livingston to announce that more than £50 million is to be spent on improving access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers. The new money will provide access to treatment for an additional 11,000 women who experience mental health problems during and after their pregnancy. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women, and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, it can have long lasting effects on women and their families.
The First Minister said:
Our priority is to drive up standards of perinatal metal health care for new mothers and their children right across Scotland.
“Mental illness during pregnancy and during the first year after birth is really common, affecting up to one in five women, which is 11,000 a year.
“This new funding will identify mental health problems quickly so they can be treated promptly. Women and their families should also expect services to treat them with dignity and respect.
“The impact is not just felt by women. The mental and physical health of fathers and other partners can also be affected following the birth of a new baby. We also know that between 5% and 10% of fathers may develop mental health problems in the perinatal period.”
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1 in 5 women experience perinatal mental illness.
We're investing £50m to improve access to mental health services for new and expectant mothers, helping to improve standards of mental health care for women, their children and families and give children the best start in life. pic.twitter.com/BGCDbGHcMZ
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) March 6, 2019