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Flynn encourages more people to talk about maternal mental health

2 May, 2018 - by Órlaithí Flynn

Sinn Fein’s mental health spokesperson Órlaithí Flynn MLA is encouraging more people to talk about maternal mental health and highlighted the need for additional services for new mothers.

Commenting ahead of the upcoming Maternal Mental Health Conference at Queen’s University Belfast the West Belfast MLA said:

“For many becoming a new parent is a time of excitement and joy. For others it can be an extremely anxious and depressing time. For those parents and families who struggle we need to make sure they have the support needed in such a challenging and formative time.

“I commend the Maternal Mental Health Alliance for raising the issue and welcome the fact this issue has gained attention, but we need to put this front and centre much more. I look forward to hearing from a wider range of experts in the field.

“We know that early investment and prevention works, we know it is appreciated and valued by young families and first-time parents. We need parity of esteem between the physical and mental care we provide to expectant and new mothers.

“We currently have no comprehensive service in the north and there is a strong case for a collaborative approach to providing a much-needed service covering the whole island and the need to progress an all-Ireland maternal mental health unit."

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