LGA responds to Maternal Mental Health Alliance report on maternal mental health during the pandemic

“This report shines an important light on how the coronavirus pandemic has worsened existing health inequalities, particularly for women’s mental health during and after pregnancy."


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Responding to a report on maternal mental health during the pandemic by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“This report shines an important light on how the coronavirus pandemic has worsened existing health inequalities, particularly for women’s mental health during and after pregnancy.

“Councils have adapted services to support new mothers and babies during the pandemic, offering virtual contacts and high priority visits wherever possible, despite workforce pressures.

“Rising demand means it is essential that councils have what they need to support new and expecting mothers.

“This includes adequate funding to invest in the Healthy Child Programme workforce, as well as wider mental health support through suicide prevention work, substance misuse services and children’s centres.”