Take action to help make sure every family gets a fair start


It only takes a minute to make your voice heard. Sign the petition to call on government so parents and babies in your area receive the mental health support they need, when they need it

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The Government has committed to improving access to specialist perinatal mental health services, but more help is needed to identify and prevent problems developing in the crucial period between pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. Join us in calling on the Government to:

  • Invest in rebuilding the Healthy Child Programme to give every child a fair start in life
  • Ensure health visitors have the capacity to deliver five consistent face to face visits with every new baby, giving them time to identify perinatal mental health problems
  • Resource local services that support perinatal mental health and help parents to bond with their baby, particularly in communities where there is most need



It’s vital that parents and babies get the support they need. Join us in asking the Scottish Government to:

  • Undertake needs assessment of infant and parental vulnerabilities associated with poorer outcomes for children to inform service design
  • Invest in a ‘Fair Start Fund’ to improve and enhance the capacity of public services offered to parents to support their children so they can be nurtured and thrive
  • Provide preventative family support to develop specialist infant mental health systems across different services (including in health, social care, justice and third sector services)



The Welsh Government has made commitments to providing and improving the access and quality of perinatal mental health services. But many parents still don’t receive the support they need. Join us in asking the next Welsh Government to:

  • Adequately fund specialist perinatal mental health services so every parent across the country can access the support they need
  • Provide mums with access to a mother and baby unit if they need specialist inpatient care
  • Ensure that there is a dedicated perinatal mental health midwife and health visitor in each health board
  • Better identify and provide support to dads/partners experiencing perinatal mental health problems



Northern Ireland


The Northern Ireland Government has agreed to fund and establish perinatal mental health community teams across all areas of the country, but there is still some way to go. Join us in asking the Government to:

  • Make sure there is a mother and baby unit for mums who need inpatient care
  • Include support for infant mental health and the parent-infant relationship in the new ten-year mental health strategy
  • Review access to and availability of support for perinatal mental health through primary care, particularly for those who need it most.

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