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Scotland: £50M more for perinatal mental health services

09 May 2019

More than £50m is to help improve access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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The money will provide access to treatment for an additional 11,000 women. New models of service delivery will be introduced, including specialist care for acute perinatal mental health problems and improved infant mental health services. 

A new needs assessment report, published by the national Managed Clinical Network (MCN) for perinatal mental health, outlines recommendations to improve mental healthcare for expectant and new mothers and their families.

Sturgeon said: ‘This new funding will identify mental health problems quickly so they can be treated promptly. Women and their families should also expect services to treat them with dignity and respect.’ 

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