New mental health service for South Yorkshire mums to launch

8th May 2018
A specialist mental health support service for new mums in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster is to launch thanks to £880,000 of funding from NHS England. The Perinatal Mental Health Service, run by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) currently supports mums across Sheffield, but will now be expanded to deliver care and support in Rotherham and Doncaster where there is currently limited specialist mental health support for new mums. One in five women experience mental health problems after having a baby, and in Sheffield last year the Perinatal Mental Health Service received more than 700 referrals for support. 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 Pandas and Light Sheffield. Support offered by the new service will include one-to-one specialist care, peer support from women who have experience perinatal mental health problems, as well as support for new fathers. The expansion is part of a £365 million investment into perinatal mental health services over the next five years from NHS England. 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.” 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.” 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