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RUTHERGLEN MSP LEADS MENTAL HEALTH DEBATE DURING AWARENESS WEEK
SNP MSP Clare Haughey led a Scottish Parliament debate calling for all women who experience perinatal mental health problems to receive the care that they and their families need as part of the Everyone’s Business campaign.
Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child – and include illnesses like antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety, psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.
The Everyone’s Business campaign, co-ordinated by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, is pushing for all women who experience mental health problems whilst pregnant and immediately after to receive the appropriate care whenever and wherever they need it – to help support them, their child, and their family.
The Members’ debate, held during Mental Health Awareness Week, was secured by the Rutherglen MSP after tabling a motion which received cross-party support.
Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:
“It was a privilege to lead the Everyone’s Business debate at Parliament last week. I have been a mental health nurse for over thirty years and for the last fifteen I have specialised in perinatal mental health therefore it is a subject very close to me.
“Perinatal mental health problems are sadly all too common, with estimates ranging from between 10% and 20% of women developing an illness in the first postnatal year, and one in seven of those hiding or underplaying its severity.
“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has excellent perinatal mental health services, however this is not yet the case across Scotland. In 2017, the Scottish Government sought to address these disparities by launching the new Scottish Managed Clinical Network for Perinatal Mental Health to identify gaps in provision of such care, and promote improvements in local services.
“This concept is still in its early stages, however across Scotland the services are constantly improving.
“Until the time that those mums who experience perinatal mental health problems receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it, we still have some work left to do.”
Transcript of the debate:
Maternal Mental Health Alliance ‘Everyone’s Business’ campaign website:
Below is a photograph of Clare Haughey MSP taken during the debate.
Date published: 22nd May 2018