Introduction: Accessing perinatal mental health services: what are the barriers?

'Perinatal' refers to the period before and after birth. Perinatal mental health services are available to support women during their pregnancy and then until their child reaches the age of one. For the purpose of this research, we want to hear from Mums with young children up to the age of two or from mothers who may have accessed or needed to access perinatal mental health services in the past.

Your views on local perinatal mental health support services really matter.  

We want to know your experiences as a mother – what help and support you have received, what the access barriers are and what improvements can be made. 

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind (BLG Mind) have been commissioned by NHS England to lead on a piece of research to find out what the barriers are to accessing the perinatal support women need, and how these can be overcome. This major three-month research and community engagement project is being carried out across six south London boroughs. It involves a quick online survey of 16 questions , one-to-one interviews and focus group meetings.

We have commissioned some other organisations and consultants to help us with this research. These are: Bexley Mind, Cocoon, Civil Society Consulting, Mum’s Aid, Rachel Akindele and Dr Ariel TW Erceg.
Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey which takes around 6 minutes to complete, the findings will be shared with the NHS to improve services for the future.