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NHS to support partners of new mothers with mental illness

New and expectant fathers will be offered mental health checks and treatment as part of a new plan to support families.

In the landmark move, the partners of pregnant women and new mothers who are themselves suffering from anxiety, depression or more severe disorders such as psychosis will be automatically offered a comprehensive mental health assessment and sign-posted to professional support if needed.

The expansion of perinatal mental health services, alongside wider health services, will be set out in the forthcoming NHS long term plan.