New mental health service for mums receives extra funding

New mums who struggle to cope with the burden of childcare will be able to get extra help from a specialist mental health service that received an additional £880,000 in funding.

The Perinatal Mental Health Service, run by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC), currently supports mums across Sheffield.

With the additional funding from NHS England, it will now be expanded to the Rotherham and Doncaster areas to deliver support where previously there was currently limited specialist mental health support.

Dr Nusrat Mir, Consultant Psychiatrist, said: “Access to specialist perinatal mental health support and care is vital for new and expectant mothers. Suicide is still the leading cause of death for women during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.

“Having someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through makes such a difference, helping to reduce unnecessary suffering and save lives.”

Last year, the service received over 700 referrals in Sheffield, while it is also said that one in five women experience mental health problems.

The new service will be run in partnership between SHSC and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), as well as local charities Forging Families, Pandas and Light Sheffield.

The support that will be offered by the service will involve one-to-one specialist care, peer support from women who have experience perinatal mental health problems, as well as support for new fathers.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive at SHSC, said: “This is wonderful news for families across Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. Our existing service, although relatively small has an excellent reputation locally, and we’re looking forward to being able to support even more people thanks to this extra funding.

“This is just another example of how NHS organisations working together alongside local charities can expand much valued services that make a real difference to our local communities.”

Christina Harrison, RDaSH Children’s Care Group Director, said: “We are pleased to have been successful with the joint bid with Sheffield for perinatal mental health. This will have a huge positive impact for families within our areas.”

To find out more about the support on offer from the Perinatal Mental Health Service call 0114 2716069 or email perinatalmentalhealth@shsc.nhs.uk

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