Your views and involvement in shaping perinatal mental health
Dr Judy Shakespeare
RCGP Clinical Champion for Perinatal Mental Health
The mental health of mothers, both antenatally and postnatally, can have significant effects on infants and wider family relationships as well as on the mother herself. Perinatal mental health is something that many GPs are aware needs addressing. Finding women who are suffering can be difficult and many will not feel able to talk about how they are feeling. For those who are found to be suffering, it can be difficult to know how to best support them.
The RCGP selected perinatal mental health as one of its UK-wide clinical priorities last year. I was recruited to provide clinical leadership to a three-year programme of work, which began in April 2014 with the aim of raising the profile and awareness within general practice of issues around the mental health of mothers. The aim is to help you as a GP to be better equipped to support this community of patients.
I am keen to find out about your experiences of talking to parents about issues (including depression, anxiety and severe disorders), and if anything would help you further. I would therefore greatly appreciate your participation in this short survey.
Increasing leadership capacity
If you are interested in knowing more about perinatal mental health, or would like to help support me to increase awareness and improve the quality of care in this area, please contact my colleagues in the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre through email: CIRC@rcgp.org.uk