APP has worked with the IHV on a new guide for health visitors

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) has worked with the Institute of Health Visiting on a new guide for health visitors about identifying and supporting women with postpartum psychosis (PP).

The Good Practice Points set out what health visitors need to know about PP, including the symptoms, treatment and recovery as well as preconception care for at-risk women.

The guide has been written by Dr Judy Shakespeare, retired GP and Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Champion in perinatal mental health in association with APP.

The Good Practice Points detail: how health visitors can work in partnership with individuals and their Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service to create personalised wellbeing plans; how health visitors can support and bring hope to individuals who develop PP; and how they can help to strengthen the parent–infant relationship as well as providing crucial support to partners and older children in the family.

The resource has been designed for use by iHV members, but as part of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is freely available for a week here.