The Scottish Government is planning to provide increased support to new mothers at risk of poor mental health. This includes counselling and befriending services. It is a part of the £50 million programme for new mothers and their offspring announced earlier this year.
Around 11,000 Scottish women are affected by perinatal mental illness each year, which include post-partum psychosis and postnatal depression. The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board was set up in April 2019 for improving perinatal and infant mental health services.
An initial funding of £1 million will support various services including counselling, befriending and peer support for women and their families. With the funding, new and expectant mothers will receive more consistent access to psychological evaluation and treatment. The funding will also be directed towards increasing the staff and training at Mother and Baby Units.
Jeane Freeman, the Health Secretary said: "It’s crucial that these services are led by the needs of women, young children and families. Our vision is of a Scotland where women, young children and families do not face fear or stigma when experiencing mental health issues."