Perinatal mental distress and illness are common. From conception to 12 months after birth:
- Anxiety and/or depression affects one in five mums and one in ten dads
- We also know that a significant number of non-birth parents experience similar rates of mental illness
- Birth trauma affects up to one in three mums
- Postnatal psychosis affects one to two in every 1000 new mums
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects two to four in every 100 new mums.
Expecting and new parents experiencing mental distress are vulnerable to risks including mental health decline, self-harm, suicidality, family violence, misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and of harming their child.
Early help-seeking, diagnosis and access to supports increases the likelihood of a fast recovery.