New mothers and mums-to-be to benefit from extra funding for mental health services

New and expectant mothers and those trying to conceive will benefit from a major investment in mental health services.

Around 20 per cent of women experience mental health difficulties while they are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or during the first year following the birth of their baby. This covers a wide range of conditions and if left untreated can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman and her family.

Now £833,000 is to be invested in improving perinatal mental health services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire that will directly help around 850 mothers by 2021.

The funding will provide greater community services and improve access to existing services for more women.

Together We’re Better Chair tours local community hospitals

The Independent Chairman of the Together We’re Better partnership of NHS and local government organisations in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been out and about this month visiting community hospitals in the north of the county.

Sir Neil McKay has spent the past few weeks visiting Leek and Cheadle community hospitals in the Moorlands, and Haywood and Longton hospitals in Stoke-on-Trent. He will be visiting Bradwell Hospital in Newcastle-under-Lyme in early May.

As well as receiving a tour, Sir Neil has also been meeting with campaigners at each hospital to listen to their views.