50 Million To be Spent Improving Mental Health Services for New and Expectant Mums

*As originally reported on the BBC

More than £50m is to be spent on improving access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers.

The Scottish government said it would provide access to treatment for an additional 11,000 patients.

It is estimated that perinatal mental illness affects up to one in five women.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement on a visit to the mother and baby unit at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

She said: “Our priority is to drive up standards of perinatal mental healthcare for new mothers and their children right across Scotland.

“Mental illness during pregnancy and during the first year after birth is really common, affecting up to one in five women.

“This new funding will identify mental health problems quickly so they can be treated promptly. Women and their families should also expect services to treat them with dignity and respect.”

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