Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health
The Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (GAMMH) is a coalition of international organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of women and their children in pregnancy and the first postnatal year (the ‘perinatal period’) throughout the world.
Worldwide, maternal depression is the most common serious health complication of maternity. This and other mental health problems in pregnancy and postnatally result in huge human and economic costs for this generation and the next – yet they are a neglected area of investment in services and research.
GAMMH’s goal is to prevent the avoidable, and often tragic, suffering experienced by women and their families, ensuring child development does not continue to be compromised by a global failure to provide appropriate support and services for mothers’ mental health.
Mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth are roughly twice as common in low income countries as they are in high income countries. If the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved by 2030, maternal mental health must be prioritised.