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About Action on Postpartum Psychosis

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) is a national charity for women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP).

One to two in every thousand new mums develop Postpartum Psychosis (PP) in the days after childbirth. Hallucinations, delusions, mania, depression and odd and erratic behaviour develop suddenly. PP often happens "out of the blue" to women with no previous mental health problems.

Every year, 1,400 women and their families struggle with this devastating postnatal mental illness at a much anticipated time in their lives, when a newborn baby has just changed everything.
Sadly, ignorance about PP is still widespread and many women face stigma, isolation, and a lifetime burden of guilt.

Suicide is a leading cause of death among new mothers, with PP responsible for the highest percentage of these. Each year, families are bereaved, when the reality is, PP is a very treatable illness and full recovery is possible.

We run an award-winning peer support service; develop patient information for women who have experienced PP and their families; offer training to frontline health professionals in PP; facilitate research into the causes of PP, treatments and what helps families to recover; promote greater public awareness of PP in the general public, work to address stigma and misinformation; and campaign for improved perinatal mental health services.

With your help, we would like to keep supporting mums and their families by providing peer support, specialist information and raising awareness of this devastating illness. Thank you.

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