The Royal College of Psychiatrists has
expanded its range of award-winning information materials with a
new leaflet on mental health in
The leaflet is written for women with mental
health problems during pregnancy, for pregnant women who have
experienced mental health problems in the past, and for their
partners, family and friends who want to understand and help.
Many women have good mental health during
pregnancy, but unfortunately pregnancy does not stop people from
having mental health problems. Depression and anxiety are the most
common mental health problems in pregnancy, affecting about 10 to
15 out of every 100 pregnant women.
Mental Health in Pregnancy helps
people to understand:
- How to stay well during
pregnancy and after the birth
- What treatment is available
for mental health problems during pregnancy
- How to decide whether or not
to take medication during pregnancy
- What help and support there is
for pregnant women with mental health problems.
Mental Health in Pregnancy is part of
the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ ‘Help is at Hand’ series, a
series of more than 30 leaflets offering advice on a range of
mental health issues.
The RCPsych has been certified as a quality provider of health
information by The Information Standard, meaning people can be
confident that all materials produced by the College are reliable
For further information, please
Kathy Oxtoby or
Deborah Hart in the Communications
Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538
Note to editors:
Single copies of Mental Health in Pregnancy are available free of charge on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1A 8PG. The leaflet can also be downloaded for free from the College website www.rcpsych.ac.uk/info.
A small charge applies for bulk orders. Contact the Leaflets Department
on 020 7235 2351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.