Warrington South MP supports NCT’s #HiddenHalf campaign to raise awareness of postnatal mental illness

Faisal Rashid MP attended a parliamentary event last month to support NCT’s #HiddenHalf campaign to get postnatal mental illness out of hiding.

The campaign aims to bring maternal mental illness out of hiding and is calling for improvements to the six-week postnatal check up to aid the diagnosis and treatment of new mums’ mental health issues.

The event aimed to raise Parliamentarians’ awareness of these mental health problems. Recent research¹ by NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, found that nearly half of new mums’ mental health problems aren’t picked up by health professionals.

After the event, Faisal said:

“It’s shocking that so many new mothers aren’t getting the help they need and I realise this can have a devastating impact on women and their families.

“We must do more to help new mothers’ in this position, and that is why I am proud to be supporting NCT’s excellent #HiddenHalf campaign to improve services in Warrington South and across the UK.”

Sarah McMullen, Head of Knowledge, NCT, said:

“Too many mothers are missing out on mental health treatment and support during the critical postnatal weeks and months. Disappointingly, health professionals are not asking some mothers about their emotional wellbeing. This has to change.”

NCT is calling for more funding and guidance for doctors so they are better equipped to discuss emotional health with mothers. NCT is urging people to sign up to the Hidden Half campaign at www.nct.org.uk/hiddenhalf

¹ 1012 women with children aged up to 2 years-old took part in a nationally representative online panel survey in March 2017.
Official guidance from NICE states that women should be asked about their emotional wellbeing in the six-week check.
Case studies, an NCT spokesperson and the full Hidden Half report are available on request from NCT. Contact the NCT press office on press@nct.org.uk 020 8752 2404.
NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Each year it supports millions of parents through their First 1,000 Days, offering evidence-based information and trusted practical and emotional support through its website, helpline, a nationwide network of over 300 local branches, antenatal and postnatal classes, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes. For more information call NCT on 0300 330 0770 or visit www.nct.org.uk

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