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Perinatal mental health advice line for health professionals launched

Do you support pregnant women who are experiencing mental health problems? Or women who have just given birth and are struggling to manage their mental health?

Health professionals in Derby and Derbyshire needing guidance on how best to support women with perinatal mental health problems (problems related to pregnancy or childbirth) can now call a new telephone advice line.

Midwives, health visitors, GPs and other professionals who are supporting women with mental health problems before or after birth can call 0300 1237596 and get advice on perinatal care pathways (referral and management of conditions), therapies available, medication and other services that may be suitable. The advisors will also help any health professional who is considering a referral and wishes to discuss this further.

The advice line is being run by staff from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s perinatal community mental health team. It will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 12 noon and will be staffed by community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), an occupational therapist and a social worker.

The advice line is being funded thanks to increased national investment in perinatal mental health – learn more about this investment on the NHS England website.

Please note that the advice line team cannot offer a crisis service.

Please share this information with colleagues and other health professionals as appropriate.