#HiddenHalf heroes across the country have been lobbying their MPs to ask them to support our campaign to get postnatal mental health issues out of hiding
We kicked off the year with a #HiddenHalf campaign workshop, which brought together supporters from all over the UK who wanted to become #HiddenHalf champions.
Since then, determined #HiddenHalf supporters have been making videos, as well as tweeting, emailing and meeting their MPs to ask them to back the campaign.
The #HiddenHalf campaign focuses on getting people talking about postnatal mental illness, as our research found that half of new mothers’ mental health problems are not picked up. So we need you to speak out for new mums and their families by emailing your MP.
Last month, fantastic #HiddenHalf champion Libby Binks met Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton. They discussed the campaign and how best to bring postnatal mental illness into the open.
After more talks with #HiddenHalf supporters, David Drew MP for Stroud, and Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington, have joined 13 other MPs to raise the issue in parliament.
Tom also spoke out about his support for #HiddenHalf on social media. He posted on his Facebook page: “I’m demanding better postnatal check-ups so that all new mothers with mental health problems get the treatment they need.”
Dr Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South, said: “I’m strongly behind the #HiddenHalf campaign. I cared for women with postnatal mental health problems as a doctor – and now I support this as an MP.”