Crucial to prioritise infant and parental mental health

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance's call for more investment in perinatal mental health, revealed in a major report released today, is something that we know is is a crucial part of preventing lifelong problems

"We know that pre-natal depression, stress and anxiety are significant predictors of post-natal depression", says our Chief Executive Jenny Edwards, "and therefore there is strong potential for preventative interventions.

"We have prioritised infant and parental mental health through several major initiatives, including self-management for single parents as well as the benefits of mindfulness during pregnancy for both parents (supporting a study with Oxford University Psychiatry Department).

"Our ongoing Babies in Mind project is also using video interaction to encourage infant-parental bonding amongst vulnerable families."

Read the full report.