The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA)’s Everyone’s Business campaign has launched a new map which shows that a quarter of pregnant women and new mothers in the UK are still unable to access specialist maternal mental health services which meet national guidelines.
According to the latest data, 24% of pregnant women and new mothers still cannot access maternal mental health specialist services.
The MMHA map shows the level of accessibility of perinatal mental health services across the UK, with areas highlighted in green showing where services are available.
Northern Ireland, according to the latest data, has no provision of maternal mental health services.
Commenting on this, RCM’s Director for Northern Ireland, Breedagh Hughes, said: “Perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland have seen very little improvement since these maps were first published three years ago and the continued lack of specialist services for some of the most vulnerable pregnant women and mothers in Northern Ireland is completely unacceptable.
“In January 2017 the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) published a vital review of perinatal mental health services in Northern Ireland and sadly vital recommendations contained in that report remain unimplemented as Northern Ireland remains without a government.”
The maps show that 51% of areas in England can access maternal mental health services, 28% areas in Wales and 7% of areas in Scotland.
The maps were created using data collected by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2017 through self-assessment.
Each area in the UK was rated using a criteria from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ CCQI Standards.
The illustrative maps launched by the MMHA and more information on each geographic area can be found here.
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