Film resources

This page has links to films on perinatal mental health to inform your practice or share with families.

Head Up, Heart Strong (Devon Perinatal Mental Health Service)

A film created for and with families affected by perinatal mental health problems. It captures the stories of six women who have experienced episodes of perinatal depression and post-partum psychosis.

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Maws – our journey (Mental Health Network Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)

This film explores personal accounts of perinatal mental ill health, with the aim of encouraging shared experiences and better health care support for new mums.

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Action on Postpartum Psychosis personal experience films

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Tommy’s perinatal mental health films

A series of films of mothers talking about their experiences of antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, and a father, a midwife and a doctor giving their perspectives.

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Talk to someone (Tommy’s)

Short stylised film on antenatal depression, encouraging mothers to ask for help

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My story of mental health and wellbeing  through pregnancy (Health Education North West London)

Cartoon story about a woman with bipolar disorder who experiences postpartum psychosis in her first pregnancy and takes medication in her second pregnancy.

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Breakdown or Breakthrough? (NSPCC)

A series of 5 short films showing how to support parents affected by mental health problems to develop a secure attachment relationship with their baby.

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Building Better Perinatal Mental Health Services (Pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Network)

Animation film made to raise awareness and help commissioners and providers understand the complexity of the perinatal mental health care pathway,  featuring personal accounts of participants’ experiences.

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Three core concepts in early development (Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University)

Three short films illustrating how a baby’s brain develops, including how severe maternal depression can create toxic stress affecting the brain.

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Models for Decisions Regarding Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy (The Marce Society)

Educational film by Professor Louise Howard.  Video copyright held by the Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health ©2014, ©2015
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Go to The Marce Society website.