Perinatal Mental Health Service

The Perinatal Mental Health Service provides community-based treatment and support for mums, mums-to-be and their families. The service is available to women during the perinatal period (during pregnancy and up to baby’s first birthday) who are experiencing, or are likely to experience mental health difficulties. Our team aims to help Mums and their families to have safe, healthy pregnancies, and supportive postnatal experiences by promoting well-being and preventing relapse.

The service is open to mums and mums-to-be who are currently experiencing a moderate to severe mental health issue, or have in the past experienced a serious mental health issue such as:

  • Traumatic birth experiences
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intense fear of childbirth (Tokophobia)
  • Psychosis
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Personality difficulties

If you are not yet pregnant but are planning to have a baby, and you have a diagnosed mental illness, are on medication for your mental health or have experienced previous serious postnatal difficulties, we can support you by providing pre-pregnancy advice and guidance about possible risks and treatment options.

Where service is based

The Linden Centre
Puddingwood Drive
Broomfield
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 7LF
Ashingdon Unit
Rochford Hospital
Union Lane
Rochford
Essex
SS4 1RB

Hours of operation

9am-5pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays)

How to contact service

The Linden Centre – 01245 315637

Ashingdon Unit – 01702 538170

perinatalteam@nhs.net

How to access the service

You can contact your GP, midwife, health visitor, care coordinator or mental health worker to request a referral to our service.

It’s important to remember that, if a professional wants to refer you, it’s only to ensure that you, your baby and your family are receiving the best care and support to keep everyone well. Often, parents worry about seeking help. It can be worrying to feel that you need help, and frightening to invite professionals in, as it may cause concern about how they will respond.
We would like to emphasise that we are here to be supportive and helpful with your particular struggles, and to ensure that the voices of you, your baby, partner and family are heard at all times throughout our time with you.