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Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Mental health, News on 29th September, 2021

Black Maternal Mental Health WeekThis week we are marking Black Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. You may wonder why there is a need to raise awareness of the mental health of black mothers but it becomes obvious when you consider some of the facts shared as part of this year's campaign.

  • Black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth than women of other ethnicities.
  • Black women are the least likely to initiate treatment for postnatal mental illness, and the least likely to receive follow-up treatment.
  • There are disproportionate rates of pregnancy-related and perinatal mental health challenges among black women.
  • Postnatal depression and anxiety in black mothers is significantly higher than in white mothers.
  • Racial disparity is putting the lives of black mothers and their babies at risk.

If you want to learn more, understand the cultural barriers facing pregnant black women and new mothers, and help to bridge the gaps in the system, subscribe to The Motherhood Group’s newsletter or follow them on social media.

The Motherhood Group, which is coordinating this year’s campaign, will be sharing videos, articles, and hosted discussions throughout the course of the week and promoting activities and projects that prioritise black maternal mental health.

Visit The Motherhood Group’s website for more information.