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26 June 2002





More than 18,000 health visitors and community nurses are due to take part in a poster campaign to raise awareness about the symptoms of postnatal depression for new mothers.

It is estimated about 100,000 women-a-year suffer from ante or postnatal depression.

Each member of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association will receive two A4 posters to put up in their surgeries and health centres across the UK to alert expectant and mothers with new babies to the symptoms and where they should seek help.

The campaign coincides with the CPHVA’s second Postnatal Depression and Maternal Mental Health conference being held in National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on Wednesday, 10 July.

The CPHVA’s lead officer for PND, Briege Coyle said: ‘Often women suffer from a range of symptoms including, a sense of isolation, tearfulness, a loss of confidence, anxiety and similar feelings, without realising that they could be experiencing ante or postnatal depression

‘The idea of the poster campaign is to help women understand what may be causing these symptoms and to seek help from their health visitor, midwife or GP sooner rather later.’



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union