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Action Postpartum Psychosis Network



Postpartum Psychosis (PP) is a severe mental illness which begins suddenly following childbirth. Over 1400 women experience PP each year in the UK (1 to 2 in every 1000 mothers). An episode of PP can be very frightening for women and their families. Most women go on to make a full recovery, however the journey to full recovery can be long and difficult.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) is a collaborative project between: women and families with personal experience of PP; world leading academics who research PP; and health professionals who support women and families during and after an episode. We have over 900 members throughout the UK and further afield who have experienced PP themselves. APP is a registered charity, hosted by the University of Birmingham, and funded by The Big Lottery.

Our work covers four main areas:

Inform: We provide information to women who have experienced PP and their families, via our website and Insider Guides

Support: We offer peer support to families affected by PP through our forum, one to one email support and workshops

Research: We carry out research to develop understanding of what causes Postpartum Psychosis, treatments for this illness and what helps families to recover

Communicate: We promote greater public awareness of PP through our website, media volunteers and network of regional representatives

If you, your partner or family think that you have symptoms of postpartum psychosis you need to be seen urgently. If you have been told during pregnancy that you have a high risk of postpartum psychosis you may have a care plan. This should include emergency contact numbers for your mental health team or local crisis service.

You may not have this type of plan, or you may not have had any mental illness before. In that case you should see your GP urgently (the same day). If this is not possible, call NHS 111, your local out of hours service, or attend your local A&E department. If you are told you do not have postpartum psychosis but your symptoms worsen, you should make sure you are seen again. If you think there is imminent danger, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

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020 33229900


University of Birmingham Dept of Psychiatry, School of Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Birmingham, B15 2FG

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    Last updated: 15/3/2019

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