One in five women suffers from depression or anxiety during and after pregnancy in South Africa and UCT’s Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) and 100 international organisations are campaigning to raise awareness around maternal mental health. The WMMH campaign hopes to raise awareness of maternal mental health issues, so that more women will get treatment and fewer will suffer.
The campaign also wants the World Health Assembly and the UN World Health Organisation to officially recognise WMMH Day, and commemorate it annually on the first Wednesday of May.
“It is still a very silent issue in South Africa. There was a misconception that mental distress exhibited by a mother may just merely be baby blues or, on the other end of the spectrum psychosis.