NHS Announces New Mothers, Pregnant Women to Receive Free Mental Health Service

The National Health Services, NHS, in collaboration with the charity Shout and Royal College of Psychiatrists have introduced a new mental health service for pregnant women and new parents in West London.

The project is a free 24/7 text support service for new parents and pregnant women who are struggling with their mental health.

Residents in the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, and Hammersmith and Fulham are eligible to access the service.

People who have experienced baby or pregnancy loss are also eligible for the resource.

The service seeks to provide real-time support and direct clients to perinatal mental health help.

Anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed users who need immediate support can text HUG to 85258 and round-the-clock trained volunteers will respond.

According to Perinatal psychiatrist Dr Sarah Taha, “the service will provide a confidential, non-judgmental platform that guides individuals to resources.

“This support during such a crucial time will empower individuals to seek help early, leading to improved outcomes for families.”

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