Information about Perinatal Mental Health Problems

Perinatal Mental Health: Real Life Experiences

Commissioned by NHS Cornwall and Arts for Health Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, this film charts the stories of three women’s experiences in dealing with perinatal mental health difficulties.


Post Natal Illness

This was set up by a sufferer and is run by current and former sufferers of post natal illness.  It has an internet forum for supporting women and offers help on dealing with anxiety, symptoms of PNI and puerperal psychosis and information for men as well.

The Association of Post Natal Illness 

Provides a telephone helpline – 0207 386 0868 between 10am and 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as an ‘anxiety toolkit’ which gives advice on combating anxiety attacks and troubling thought patterns.

PNI-UK Perinatal Illness – UK (patron, Ms Fern Briton) 

This site looks at different types of perinatal mental health problems. It is easy to read, informative and has some information on post baby diets and regaining your health after childbirth

Action Postpartum Psychosis

This is Action Postpartum Psychosis which respresents the UK Postpartum Psychosis network and provides an excellent range of information from helping to identify this severe form of post natal depression, to getting help.  The stories of people who have experienced this, and their families, are very useful in terms of the information they contain as well as reassurance


Tommy’s funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents.  The website contains information regarding mental wellbeing in pregnancy

Maternal OCD

Maternal OCD is a voluntary organisation dedicated to raising the profile of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for mothers


A charity to support those affected by OCD

Support Groups

We have been working closely with Pentreath an award winning mental health charitable organisation to recruit, train and support volunteers who have been running a fabulously successful support group at the Children’s Centre in Falmouth. 


This group has now come to an end.  From the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust we want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who committed valuable time and energy in setting up and maintaining these support groups to help and inspire the mums involved.

News & events


County Perinatal Services Expand following Funding Boost

After successfully obtaining additional funding from NHS England, the Perinatal Mental Health Service has expanded significantly and is now able to offer a more enhanced service across Cornwall. Mandy Raywood, Specialist Perinatal Team Leader said, “Our target group are women who have a significant mental illness or been identified as at risk of developing one […]

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Exciting Times for the Perinatal Team

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team have been successful in their application to NHS England for additional funding to expand the existing perinatal team. We have recently shortlisted 5 candidates for interview for 2 band 6 Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse posts and will be interviewing just before Christmas. We will also be advertising for […]

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