Postnatal depression or anxiety in black mothers is 13% higher than in white mothers. A 2011 study found that black women are the group least likely to initiate treatment for postnatal mental illness, and the least likely to receive follow-up treatment. And this racial disparity is putting the lives of black mothers at risk. Research in 2018 found that 23% of women who died in the postnatal period suffered from mental health disorders, and suicide is now the second leading cause of maternal death in the UK. A study in 2010 found that healthcare professionals in the UK lacked the training and the confidence for identifying the specific needs of black women – causing black mothers to ‘fall through the net’.
On 28 September 2020, The Motherhood Group launched the UK's first annual UK awareness week highlighting black women's maternal mental health – #BMMHW20.
Join the Motherhood Group from the 28 September as they continue to spread awareness and amplify the black motherhood mental health experience in the UK. The week includes a series of planned events covering a variety of topics, listed below.
- 28th September - Why do we need a black maternal mental health week?
- 29th September - Self love - what does it look like?
- 30th September - Speaking out - sharing our stories and amplifying our voices
- 1st October - Good support - offering guidance and signposting
- 2nd October - Strong Black Woman Myth and Cultural Factors
- 3rd October - Creating Safe spaces - Black Mum Fest 2020
- 4th October - Self-reflection - what can we do better to improve BMMH.
You can register and find out more about who is speaking throughout Black Maternal Mental Health Week, by following the link below.