33 % rise in women seeking perinatal mental health support since 2022

In a significant uptick reflecting growing awareness and acceptance of mental health challenges among new and expectant mothers, NHS records reveal a
striking surge in specialist support sought by over 57,000 new mothers over the past year.

This figure represents a substantial 33 per cent increase compared to the 2022 data findings indicating a heightened demand for perinatal mental health services
in England.

Last year, the number of women accessing perinatal mental health services was 43,053 individuals.

Specifically, between March 2023 and February 2024, a total of 57,170 women accessed these services, representing a significant rise from the 43,053 women who received support between March 2022 and February 2023.

Contextually, this surge in demand is significant given that approximately 600,000 women give birth in England each year.