Taken together, perinatal depression, anxiety and psychosis carry a total long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK. This is equivalent to just under £10,000 for every single birth in the country. That’s according to research by the Centre for Mental Health, 2014.
This Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week we’re raising money for PANDAS Foundation. Every download of the special episode in May = a donation from us. We’re also making a donation for every participant at our free Comeback Conversation event in May (see below).
PANDAS Foundation is a UK-wide support service for families suffering prenatal and postnatal mental health issues. Their aim is to make sure no parent, family or carer feels alone. They offer free support services for every family who needs it through their free helpline, email service, support groups and motivational media channels.
We were introduced to PANDAS via Anna. PANDAS helped Anna when she most needed it; before the birth of her second child. She was diagnosed with pre-natal depression, something we don’t hear much about, do we?