Dr Andrew Mayers

Perinatal mental health - media stories

Media links

My mental health campaigning work frequently attracts the attention of local and national media. Please click here to see an overview of radio, TV, and other media appearances.

Here are a few links to some recent media about maternal mental illness. You may find these supportive (but perhaps not easy viewing at times):

BBC 2, Newsnight, August 2012

I have used this extraordinary Newsnight feature frequently in mental health professional training courses. It is very powerful and moving, but very well done. The programme was deservedly awarded the best 'Current Affairs' story at the 2013 Mind Media Awards.

Guardian, December 2014

One of the most harrowing stories in recent times focused on a Bristol mother who had a history of mental illness. A few days after her daughter was born, the mother disappeared from the maternity hospital with her child, with little protective clothing for herself or her infant. Shortly afterwards, the bodies of the mother and child were found at the foot of the Avon Gorge. These deaths illustrate still further the need for comprehensive perinatal mental health services across the UK, to support mothers who are known to be at risk. There was a lot of media coverage of this sad story, but this Guardian article handled the story sensitively.

In light of this story, I gave two radio interviews

LBC     BBC Radio Sussex

You can find more examples of my radio interviews and other media, related to perinatal mental health, on the media page

ITV Meridian, November 2013

This interview from ITV Meridian features my inspirational mentor, Dr Alain Gregoire. I worked for him at Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health Services for a few years from 2003. He drove my passion for maternal mental health.

Guardian, November 2013

This Guardian article links to the story explored in the ITV Meridian feature,  exploring how maternal mental health services are failing women.

Daily Mail, November 2013

This Daily Mail article tells a story about a mother suffering post-natal depression who killed her baby girl after stopping medication to avoid 'stigma'.

Need help now?

Samaritans  - 116 123 (free call)

Mind - 0300 123 3393

NHS Choices - 111

Action on Postpartum Psychosis

e-mail: amayers@bournemouth.ac.uk

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