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Suffering in Silence 70,000 reasons why help with postnatal depression needs to be better

Every year millions of children have their life chances diminished by growing up in families facing serious or multiple challenges, without the practical support they need to prevent problems escalating into crises.

It is increasingly accepted that with the right help early on, many such crises can be prevented for the good of children, the wider family and their community.1 Yet the huge culture shift we need to move from dealing with the consequences of failure to widespread early intervention and prevention is still a long way off. That is why 4Children launched the Give Me Strength campaign in May 2011.

As part of Give Me Strength we are taking an in-depth look at three of the major causes of family instability and child vulnerability that we believe if more effectively tackled could ensure more families stay together and more children get off to a good start in life; these are domestic violence, parental alcohol abuse and postnatal depression.

This report presents new research from 4Children that shows that many families are suffering the consequences of postnatal depression in silence; that if and when they do seek help mothers are not getting the swift access to the range of treatment options they need; and that this is having a detrimental impact on families across Britain.