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Moment Health launches campaign to support women's mental health care after childbirth

  • Moment Health has launched a new 'Check Your Symptoms' campaign to help support the more than 2000 women each year in Northern Ireland who experience depressive illness after birth.

    A staggering fifth of women experience antenatal or post-natal depression, according to a recent release by Moment Health, the Belfast-based tech company that pledged to take on maternal illness last year. The company has launched a new "Check your symptoms" campaign to assist parents and families experiencing difficulties.

    Moment Health CEO Nuala Murphy made clear the need for more support to be put in place in order to fund progress in this area: "With up to 20% of mothers and 10% of fathers experiencing some sort of depression or anxiety after the birth of their child it is clear we need to support them”, Nuala continues, “when we launched our app last year it was in response to the urgent situation so many parents and families face. That it has been downloaded and used so many times is one way that support can be provided".

    NSPCC NI's recent Time for Action report raised significant issues that need to be tackled. Midwives and health visitors recognised that face-to-face time with mothers and continuity of care are both critical to enable detection of problems and support new mothers accordingly. Research conducted shows that midwives and health visitors in NI experience similar types of challenges in identifying and responding to mental illness to their counterparts in the UK, but that Northern Irish professionals have not benefited from England, Scotland and Wales investment.

    Moment Health has developed a mobile app to help new parents deal with post-natal issues. Nuala Murphy said of the app: "The Moment Health app was developed with both mums and dads in mind and is available across iOS and Android, we encourage all new parents to download it and use it to track their moods and check for symptoms. They can do so with confidence in the app, which has been developed with the help of clinicians and medical professionals, uses evidence-based screening tools.”

    SOURCE: Moment Health Press Release

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