POST natal depression is, sadly, a far too common illness so it makes worrying reading that less than half of mental health trusts in England have specialist services for expectant and new mothers.
We have seen the tragic results of this type of depression with the horrific death of Huddersfield mum Joe Bingley who took her own life while suffering from severe postnatal depression.
Now her husband, Chris, has highlighted a new report that says there is far too little support for the condition with support “chronically inadequate” in some areas. If patients received good quality care at an early stage the argument is that it may well be more cost-effective in the longer term with the wider economic costs of mental illness in England now estimated at £105.2 billion each year.
Governments are quick to come up with slick mottos such as ‘every child counts.’
To make every child count then every mum – or dad – counts too and mental health, especially when faced with the often demanding challenge of caring for babies and young children, can be as vital as physical health.
Children need their carers to be as fit and healthy as possible and surely it’s in everyone's interests for the NHS to do all it can to make this happen.
Our health services should have a consistency of quality nationwide but, as has been graphically illustrated time and time again, this still just doesn’t seem to happen.