Black Maternal Mental Health Week 2021
This year #BMMHW21 will take place on:
27th September - 3rd October
Maternal mental health challenges are higher in black mothers than in white mothers. 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.
Support by becoming a Stakeholder
If you would like to support Black maternal mental health week, perhaps you’re an individual or an organisation with an interest in mental health, maternal mental health, and addressing inequalities, please become a stakeholder by getting involved in the week.
Aims of BMMHW
Black Maternal Mental Health Week UK is committed to raising awareness, highlighting disparities, providing resources, and breaking cultural barriers in Maternal Mental Health for Black Mothers, and birthing people.
Postnatal depression and anxiety in black mothers is significantly higher than in white mothers. Black women are the 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.
The awareness weeks’ purpose is to ensure that;
Black women get adequate mental health and maternity care they deserve during and after childbirth.
The gaps in Maternal Mental Health services and the community of black mothers and birthing people are bridged.
The disproportionate rates of pregnancy-related and perinatal mental health challenges are addressed and acknowledged among Black women.
To share and develop resources for increased access to mental health services for black mothers.
To raise awareness of the barriers that black mothers face in accessing support, which can contribute to postpartum depression and anxiety.