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7 June 2001

‘Modern Living Takes Toll on Postnatal Depression Mums’

- CPHVA conference will be told

The increasing pressures of 21st century living are contributing to the burden of the 100,000 women a year who suffer from postnatal depression (PND) in the UK, a conference will be told.

The lack of support from the extended family, which means that health visitors are in the frontline of assistance, will be discussed at the Postnatal Depression and Maternal Mental Health conference in London on Friday, 22 June.

The conference, organised by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA), will call for national guidelines to tackle PND that affects up to 15% of new mothers, the need for more research and a boost in health visiting numbers.

The CPHVA Postnatal Depression Lead Officer, Briege Coyle said: ‘The pressures of modern life and the fact that family members may live miles away all add to the feeling of despair that many new mothers experience. The health visitor is, therefore, the first port of call for support and advice and that can be effective in reducing the negative effects of PND.’

‘What many people don’t realise is that whilst PND is distressing for the mother it can also have adverse knock-on effects for the baby and older children in the family. This can lead to emotional and intellectual difficulties in younger children and behavioural problems in later years. The new government needs to concentrate resources on alleviating PND that causes misery in so many families.’

  • The conference is at the Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London on Friday, 22 June between 0945 and 1625.

  • To attend, call Profile Productions on 020 8832 7311.



Members of the media are warmly invited to attend this event.

For further information, please contact:

Briege Coyle, CPHVA Professional Officer, Northern Ireland
Tel: 07733 124208

Cheryll Adams,CPHVA Professional Officer, Research and Practice Development
0771 267 8281

Shaun Noble, Communications Officer
Tel: 020 7939 7043,
Mobile: 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site:

The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.