New families receive mental health support

A new service has been launched by NHS Tayside to support parents with their mental health and well-being during pregnancy and after birth.

The Perinatal and Child Mental Health Service (PNIMH) will support pregnant women, new mothers and their families during the perinatal period, that is to say from conception to 18 months after the birth of a baby.

NHS Tayside says untreated perinatal mental health problems are “a major public health problem” and can have “long-term impacts on the physical and mental health outcomes” of mothers, babies, partners and mothers. families.

The team provides specialized mental health assessment, care and treatment to people who have or are at risk of developing moderate to severe perinatal mental illness.

This can include postpartum psychosis and serious affective disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Parents and families in Perthshire can be referred to the PNIMH service by healthcare professionals including midwives, GPs, health visitors and community mental health teams.

People concerned about their mental health are encouraged to speak to one of these professionals in the first place to get a referral or referral for further support.

Beth Gow, Perinatal and Child Mental Health Team Leader, said: “The launch of this new service will play a key role in supporting the changing needs of women and families throughout pregnancy and the early years. of life.

“We aim to work in partnership with families and other professionals involved in the care of women, to provide early intervention and holistic support to ensure the best possible outcomes for women, their infants and their families. “

The new service was developed in partnership with service users, clinical staff and third sector partners.

Rosey Adams, who is the Experienced Expert on the NHS Tayside NHS PNIMH Steering Group, said: “This new service and the incredible team behind it will be a very important part of the journey for so many women and families. with perinatal mental illness.

“When families are supported in a timely and appropriate manner, the long-term effects can last a lifetime. “

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