On World Mental Health Day the Workers Party has voiced its support for the campaign to establish a mother and baby in patient mental health unit.
England, Scotland and Wales all have dedicated in-patient services for women with serious post-partum mental health issues. In the Republic of Ireland a unit is schefuled to be operational by 2024.
The units allow mothers to be with their babies during treatement and care.
Around 70 women a year in Northern Ireland are admitted to general hosital wards with post-partum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is a serious mental health illness that can affect someone soon after having a baby. It affects around 1 in 500 mothers after giving birth.
World Mental Health Day link