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NHS boosts funding for perinatal mental health care

14th February 2018

An additional GBP23 million in funding will be made available to improve mental health care for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, the NHS has announced.

The money is part of a wider programme of investment and improvement launched by NHS England, which will see some 30,000 more women receiving specialist mental health support, either in person or through online consultations.

A total of GBP365 million will be made available up to 2021 to help women who experience mental health problems in the earliest stages of motherhood.

This is in addition to the extra spending of GBP40 million since 2016, which will see more than 6,000 new mothers receiving specialist care by April 2018.

It is estimated that one-fifth of women (20 percent) are affected by perinatal mental ill health during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth.

Claire Murdoch, director of mental health for NHS England, said: "With so many new mums having the joy of motherhood interrupted by mental ill health, improving care, investment and focus on this issue, is crucial."

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