Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

News Partners of Mums-to-Be to Get Mental Health Checks

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

News Partners of Mums-to-Be to Get Mental Health Checks

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PARTNERS of new and expectant mothers will be offered mental health checks and professional support if they need it as part of a NHS shake-up of perinatal care.

It means partners of expectant and new mothers who suffer from existing mental health conditions such as depression and psychosis will be offered specialist support.

Partners of women who are seriously ill will be offered a range of programmes including peersupport, behavioural couples therapy sessions and other family and parenting interventions in specialist community perinatal mental health settings.

The perinatal period includes pregnancy and the first year after a child is born.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said the NHS had a role to play in helping support the whole family. …

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