Find out how to get help for your mental health before, during and after pregnancy.
Or for information about things you can do yourself, and symptoms to look out for, find out more about mental health during pregnancy.
Talk to a midwife, health visitor or GP
If you feel you need help with your mental health, talk to a midwife, health visitor or GP. You can choose whichever healthcare professional you're most comfortable with.
NHS therapy and counselling services
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS service for people in England aged 18 or over. It is for anyone who needs help with their mental health, including before, during or after pregnancy.
Psychological therapies can treat conditions like:
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- eating disorders
You can talk to a GP about IAPT services. Or you can get help from IAPT services without needing to speak to a GP.
Support from charities
Some charities also offer support for mental health before, during and after pregnancy. You can talk to a GP, health visitor or midwife about local charities and support groups. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) also has information about other places you can get help.
Tommy's is a charity offering mental health support and advice. You can speak to one of Tommy's midwives about your pregnancy.
- Email email@example.com
- Call 0800 014 7800 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, for free
- Website tommys.org: mental health and wellbeing
Mind is a national charity that can give you advice on your mental health including before, during and after pregnancy.
If you need help right now
If you need to talk to someone now, call 111, contact a GP or maternity unit, or find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline for 24-hour advice and support.
Immediate action required: Call 999 if:
- you think there's a risk you might harm your baby or yourself
Learn about mental health before, during and after pregnancy
- Mental health in pregnancy – conditions and treatments
- Feeling depressed after childbirth and the baby blues
- When pregnancy goes wrong: if your birth was traumatic or you experienced a loss
- NCT: returning to work after postnatal depression
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