Employ and train mothers to provide maternal mental health support in the community.

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After the birth of my first baby I had severe postnatal depression, postnatal anxiety and PTSD which led to over twelve months of being really unwell. Even after reaching out to a GP to get help, no clear pathway of care was created. This is why I created 'The No Filter Mum' account on Instagram to campaign for better maternal mental health care in the UK and to create awareness on the importance of maternal mental wellbeing.

Over the last two years I have received hundreds of messages from fellow mums who had the same experience or from mums currently unwell and unable to get the support they need. The care available to mothers is a postcode lottery. 

This petition is to call on the Government and the Department of Health and Social Care to train and employ mums to create a peer to peer framework which can provide mums with emotional and practical support when they experience maternal mental health problems.

In the NHS Long Term Plan, funds have been pledged for improvement in perinatal mental health services. A percentage of the money will go into Clinical Commissioning Group budgets. The Government have stated other funds will be held centrally to deliver specific initiatives. This petition is to request that a peer to peer framework of mums supporting mums in the community becomes one of those initiatives that is rolled out across the UK, in every postcode. 

Peer to peer support plays a crucial role in the recovery of mothers who have maternal mental health problems. Without it there are detrimental and sometimes tragic consequences for families, babies and mothers.