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Mental health

In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough there is a perinatal mental health support service. They are a team of mental health specialists helping women with serious and complex mental health conditions during pregnancy and up to a year after birth. 
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Mental illness during this perinatal period can develop quickly and become serious in ways that can make pregnancy and caring for a baby difficult. They work closely with mums, their families and other professionals to try to pick up symptoms early.

If you are in a mental health crisis call 111 and press option 2. Specially trained staff are available all day and all night. You can call for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

There's lots of help available for mental health including:


  • The Perinatal Mental Health Support Service is provided by CPFT and they have produced this leaflet about the service.
  • MIND CPSL - help is also available from MIND CPSL on their supporting new mums page.
  • NHS England - A set of mental health leaflets offer support for mums, their families, and the teams that care for them. The eight leaflets cover a broad range of topics including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal OCD, and the use of lithium and antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They offer advice and signpost to promote better understanding and support people in making decisions about perinatal mental health issues. The leaflets have been written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners. They have been delivered in partnership by RCPsych, NHS England and HEE.  All maternity and mental health teams in the CCG are aware of these leaflets. Further information is available on the NHS England website
  • H.A.Y. Peterborough! How Are You?- Bringing together everything in Peterborough that promotes positive mental health. From a friendly ‘how are you’, to activity groups and much more – it’s all taking care of our mental well-being.