Perinatal mental health


Becoming a parent is a big life event

Perinatal Mental Health logoIt's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But it's important to ask for help or support if you need it. You're likely to find that many new mothers are feeling the same way.

It can be really difficult to feel able to talk openly about how you're feeling when you become a new parent. You might feel:

  • Pressure to be happy and excited
  • Like you have to be on top of everything
  • Worried you're a bad parent if you're struggling with your mental health
  • Worried that your baby will be taken away from you if you admit how you're feeling.

Around one in 10 women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be a new mental health problem or another episode of a mental health problem you've experienced before - these are known as perinatal mental health problems.

​Baby blues should not be confused with perinatal mental health problems. Baby blues are extremely common and can be normal for many mums. You might feel tearful, anxious and emotional, this usually last just a few days.

Local services

Healthy Minds

Tel: 0300 123 0907 (option 2)

9am-5pm (Monday-Friday)

Supports patients aged over 18 who are registered with a GP in Stoke-on-Trent. Patients can self-refer by calling the above number, or a health professional can refer via telephone or by faxing a hard copy referral.

Healthy Minds support patients with the following mental health problems:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Social anxiety
  • Phobias

Therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, guided self-help and educational programmes.

North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service

Tel: 01782 711651

Fax: 01782 632030

Support patients registered with a North Staffordshire-based GP; with centres in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Leek. Patients can self-refer or refer online for a phone call back; health professionals can refer via telephone or fax.

North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service support patients with the following mental health problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social phobia/specific phobias
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Health anxiety
  • Body dysmorphia

Therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and couples therapy.

Other services providing perinatal mental health support and advice

Fathers Reaching Out

A support network for fathers who have experienced postnatal depression or been affected by their partner's postnatal depression.

Home‐Start UK

Provides support, friendship and practical help to young families experiencing difficulties, visiting them at home.

The Lullaby Trust

Provides advice on safer sleep for babies, supports bereaved families and raises awareness on sudden infant death.

National Childbirth Trust

Provides impartial information to parents to help them decide what’s best for their family; it also has a network of local parents offering practical and emotional support.


Provides online health visiting support for PND.


Provides confidential counselling on relationship problems of any kind, not only marriage.


Provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)​

Information and national network of support groups for bereaved parents.

Perinatal mental health campaign

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