#HiddenHalf hits parliament!

We took the #HiddenHalf campaign to parliament this month when we held a drop-in event for MPs to meet us and learn more about what we’re doing

Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, with NCT Chief Executive Nick Wilkie

MPs from across the UK attended our workshop and pledged to support our campaign – which includes trying to get the GP six-week check to focus more on maternal mental health – in parliament.

Since then, Dr Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South, and Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, have raised #HiddenHalf in a parliamentary debate.

Highlights include the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable, sharing his family’s experience of postnatal depression in a powerful video.

Sir Vince Cable speaks out

NCT's Jennie Nadon talks to Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham

Vince told us: ‘My mother was sent off to a mental hospital for a very long time and my brother was adopted, which had long-term effects.

‘I believe that if the GP six-week check was properly focused on the welfare of the mother, these things could be picked up and dealt with much earlier and a great deal of grief could be avoided.’

Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, told us that his conversation with amazing #HiddenHalf supporter Libby Binks inspired him to support the campaign.

Libby's experience

NCT's Jennie meets Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, at the Houses of Parliament

Libby struggled through postnatal depression after the birth of her daughter, with the only real support being a course of counselling which she arranged herself.

He said: ‘I’m supporting NCT’s fantastic #HiddenHalf campaign after a brave mother in my constituency shared her experience of postnatal mental illness. As an MP, it’s really important for me to hear what’s important to the people I represent.’

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