Heather O'Mahen

Dr Heather O'Mahen

The Think-Tank seminar series

Focus on Dissemination: Where, How, and When do Guided Self-Help Treatments Fit in Perinatal Care Pathways?


Dr Heather O’Mahen, Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter.

Date and time

12:00 - 13:00, 21 February 2014


The perinatal period, although often a happy time, is also a period of transition and of persistent and intensive infant care needs. The experience of mental illness during this period can be particularly debilitating, and the impact of mental illness on the infant can be rapid and long-lasting. To meet women’s needs, treatment for mental illness in the perinatal period should be: effective; provided in a timely fashion, and acceptable to women and their families. In this talk I will discuss the existing state of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of interventions for postnatal depression (PND), a program of research investigating the specific treatment needs of perinatal women, the design and results of a RCT of a guided self-help intervention for postnatal depression, including 6 and 12 month post-treatment outcomes, and how the lessons learned from this work inform both future research and the implementation of treatments for perinatal depression in the NHS.