Perinatal Mental Wellbeing

We surveyed over 300 expectant and recent mums, as well as their partners, looking at their experiences of services and views concerning their mental wellbeing.

Key Findings 

  • 68.8% of respondents had either received 'not enough' or 'not received any' information about perinatal mental health. 
  • Pregnant people rate their knowledge considerably lower than those who had a baby in the last 2 years. 
  • 71% of respondents thought there is 'not enough' support for partners. 
  • 73% would like to access support online. 
  • The largest barriers to accessing help and support were: 
    • Worrying about people's reactions 
    • Not knowing how to access support
    • Anxiety that social services would become involved.

Next Steps 

We have sent letters to Sutton CCG, Sutton Council, Epsom and St Helier Hospital NHS Trust, Sutton Health and Care Alliance, Sutton GP Services (Federation), South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Community Action Sutton.

We are also developing an Action Plan to be monitored and supported by Sutton Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Early Help Network. 

Downloads

If you need this report in a different format, please email info@healthwatchsutton.org.uk or call 020 8641 9540. 

Perinatal Mental Health Full Report
Letter to Sutton CCG
Letter to the London Borough of Sutton
Letter to Epsom & St Helier Hospital NHS Trust
Response Letter from Epsom & St Helier Hospital NHS Trust
Letter to South West London St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Response Letter from South West London St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Letter to Sutton Health and Care Alliance
Letter to Sutton GP Services (Federation)
Letter to Community Action Sutton

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