Improving Perinatal Mental Health (IMPROVE)

The Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT) is a team of mental health practitioners, women and children's health practitioners, commissioners and academics, working together to improve the identification of, services and support for parents with mental health issues before and after the birth of their child.

Improving the mental health of mothers and fathers during pregnancy and in the first postnatal year is a health priority, not only because it's important for parents but it's crucial for the health and wellbeing of the next generation. Despite being the focus of a NICE guideline and many reports, progress to improve the mental health and wider emotional well-being of parents remains limited.

Latest news and events

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

27 June 2016

Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2015-16

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2015-16

24 May 2016

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT), give an update on progress in 2014-15.

Maternal mental health matters

Maternal mental health matters

4 May 2016

Today is the first World Maternal Mental Health Day organised by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. One in five mothers experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy, birth and the early months of their child's life, but women don’t have to suffer...

Funding awarded for Bluebell Place

Funding awarded for Bluebell Place

12 November 2015

Bluebell, a charity based in Bristol supporting families who are affected by antenatal or post-natal depression has been awarded £165,130 from The Big Lottery Fund to open a central Bristol hub.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review of 2014-15

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review of 2014-15

24 May 2015

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health (IMPROVE) Health Integration Team, give an update on progress in 2014-15.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT given go ahead

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT given go ahead

2 October 2014

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) to improve the mental health of parents from conception through to the first year after their child’s birth, has been approved by the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group.

Three new Health Integration Teams given go ahead

Three new Health Integration Teams given go ahead

11 June 2014

Three new Health Integration Teams have been given the green light by Bristol Health Partners Executive Group. The new teams focus on perinatal mental health, immunisation and vaccines, and psychological therapies.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health (IMPROVE)

The Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT) is a team of mental health practitioners, women and children's health practitioners, commissioners and academics, working together to improve the identification of, services and support for parents with mental health issues before and after the birth of their child.

Improving the mental health of mothers and fathers during pregnancy and in the first postnatal year is a health priority, not only because it's important for parents but it's crucial for the health and wellbeing of the next generation. Despite being the focus of a NICE guideline and many reports, progress to improve the mental health and wider emotional well-being of parents remains limited.

Latest news and events

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

27 June 2016

Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2015-16

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2015-16

24 May 2016

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT), give an update on progress in 2014-15.

Maternal mental health matters

Maternal mental health matters

4 May 2016

Today is the first World Maternal Mental Health Day organised by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. One in five mothers experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy, birth and the early months of their child's life, but women don’t have to suffer...

Funding awarded for Bluebell Place

Funding awarded for Bluebell Place

12 November 2015

Bluebell, a charity based in Bristol supporting families who are affected by antenatal or post-natal depression has been awarded £165,130 from The Big Lottery Fund to open a central Bristol hub.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review of 2014-15

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review of 2014-15

24 May 2015

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health (IMPROVE) Health Integration Team, give an update on progress in 2014-15.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT given go ahead

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT given go ahead

2 October 2014

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) to improve the mental health of parents from conception through to the first year after their child’s birth, has been approved by the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group.

Three new Health Integration Teams given go ahead

Three new Health Integration Teams given go ahead

11 June 2014

Three new Health Integration Teams have been given the green light by Bristol Health Partners Executive Group. The new teams focus on perinatal mental health, immunisation and vaccines, and psychological therapies.

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